It was a familiar scene yesterday as Real Madrid needed saviour Ronaldo to rescue them from playing a draw against Eibar. The capital outfit have been too reliant on the Portuguese scoring machine. They need to find solutions to their scoring problems. It has become a story of ‘When Ronaldo is on form, Madrid are on form.’
Following Ronaldo’s wonderful opener, Eibar equalized just five minutes into the second half. This, itself, was a familiar scene. Madrid are used to scoring the opener and having the opposition team equalize. It happened in the midweek against PSG. It happened in the UCL final against Juve. Even in the quarter finals against Bayern, we saw the same thing happen.
Usually, after a team has equalized, Madrid would resort to playing with two wingers swinging crosses to the path of Ronaldo for a header, shot, or tap-in. and yesterday, they did the same thing which yielded the same result.
While Zinedine Zidane deserves praise for his handling of the team and being the first coach to have won the UCL back-to-back, he has also been criticized by pundits and former professionals of the game of being too predictive.
It would be difficult for the Spanish team to win the UCL this season which is their last hope of winning a title. If they keep playing this predictive, they would find it difficult to defeat the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City, and a rejuvenated Bayern Munich.
They might have won Paris Saint German on both legs, but PSG showed they are still far away from being one of the very best teams in the world. They showed that they are the best in France, but cannot rival the top teams in world football. So, defeating a PSG side that was trumped 6-0 by Barca shouldn’t be a big celebration. Madrid should be thinking of ways to beat the big teams without Cristiano Ronaldo.
No doubt he is the best player in the world (according to Ballon d’Or), but Madrid need to do more than place all their qualification status on their star man.