Pedja Mijatovic, who played for Real Madrid between 1996 and 1999, has admitted that while he likes Gareth Bale as a player, he is not the leader that Los Blancos need.
The exit of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus created a vacuum in the Madriddressing room with one player needing to step up and fill the void of the Portuguese, yet that has not happened.
“Bale is a shame,” Mijatovic told El Larguero.
“I like him, but he has no quality to be a leader at a team like Real Madrid after the exit of Cristiano.
“It is worrying that he injures himself so often.”
The Montenegrin also criticised the substitutions of Santiago Solari, especially replacing Luka Modric in the 63rd minute with Federico Valverde.
“If a player starts the game and feels good, [let him continue],” Mijatovic stated.
“If he asks to be substituted that is one thing but if not, I do not understand.
“The substitution of Modric was [the] wrong [decision].
“I don’t understand [Toni] Kroos‘ substitution either.”
The second half against Villarreal, where Santi Cazorla scored a late goal to secure a 2-2 draw for the hosts, has dominated much of the post-match analysis as Madrid were disinterested.
“I find it hard to watch Real Madrid this year,” Mijatovic continued.
“They have been good in the first half and when we all thought they were going to continue [doing what they had been doing], there was a disastrous second half and no play.”
Mijatovic does not think that Madrid need to enter the January transfer window, however.
“I think that Madrid are not going to make any more signings,” he said.
“Signing a player who can offer a good performance will be difficult.”