Madrid paying the price for thinking they could get results without Ronaldo – Capello

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The former Blancos manager thinks his old club made a big mistake in believing they could get by with a star attacker (Ronaldo) offloaded to Juventus.

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Former Real Madrid head coach Fabio Capello thinks his former club are paying the price for thinking they could achieve the same level of success without Cristiano Ronaldo. Madrid won their third straight Champions League crown last season, but agreed to sell Ronaldo to Juventus last summer. No suitable replacement was brought in, while Madrid was also forced into a change at the top, with Zinedine Zidane abruptly resigning and Julen Lopetegui hired in his stead.

But the results have not been there for the European Champions in La Liga, with Lopetegui sacked, Capello thinks much of the club’s issues stems from Ronaldo ’s departure, noting that the star attacker did more than just score goals, he also opened up space for his team-mates to operate.

“When he (Ronaldo) was there, teams were scared and the other players were more free”. He could create problems at any moment.

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Yet, while Madrid is struggling, Capello noted they still are a dangerous side. “The directors don’t make these [coaching] decisions based on charm, although there has to be a group of players who listen to the president,” he added. “I’m not too worried about the most recent defeat, but more about what Real Madrid doing well and doing badly.

“We know they’re not defending well in their area, but they do have Courtois who gives them security”.

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