The first half of the season was anything but exhilarating, but right on time for the hot phase Real Madrid seems to be back in full swing. 30 goals in seven league games speak a clear language – even superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has rediscovered his goalie!
The 33-year-old was already heavily in the criticism of the Madrid, after he scored only four goals in the first 14 league games. The sports newspaper “AS” published a poll in January, in which 67.5 percent of 125,000 respondents wished a farewell to the Portuguese. His answer to that gave the striker last on the court. And she turned out clearly.
Ten goals went into his own account in the last seven league games, while Real scored 19 out of a possible 21 points. Even with the 3-1 in the first knockout round first leg in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain, he advanced with two goals to match-winner.
Inspire privacy and fitness
Why is it that “CR7” played just so strongly now and has overcome its supposed crisis? If you ask the threefold world footballer, then he clearly sees two factors as the reason for his top form: his mental state of feeling and his good fitness – even in the meanwhile mature footballer age.
“On the personal level, I am very good, I have a growing family and I am very happy in my life,” said the striker, who also tops the scoring list of the Champions League with eleven goals: “At the professional level I had also two good years behind me, where I could win titles both in the club and with national team. ” Ronaldo goes on to explain that, after years of hard work, he has achieved everything he has dreamed of.
Successes such as the double with Real Madrid or the European Championship with Portugal 2016 would not be possible “without waiver,” said Ronaldo. He could no longer “do everything as he did when he was 20 years old” and meticulously concentrated on always being “in the best of physical shape”, even in the autumn of his career. Above all, the coaching team at Real Madrid help him.
Zidane as oracle
Zinédine Zidane brought fitness coach Antonio Pintus to Real Madrid in 2016 and is pursuing a proven training program with the Italian, which should give the Madridians an advantage over other teams, especially in the late stages. Back in December, Zidane announced the current uptrend and said, “In February, the squad will get in shape.”
The latest results prove the controversial coach right, because Real swept away formally over the competition. Leader is Cristiano Ronaldo, with an eye on his teammates. Most recently, despite a chance of a hat-trick in the 4-0 draw against Alaves, he sent his strike-mate Karim Benzema through for a late penalty as he was in a form of crisis and was often fiercely booed by Real fans.
For goalkeeper Keylor Navas, this gesture showed true greatness. “It says a lot about our team and about him as a person,” said the Costa Rican goalkeeper: “When you whistle one, you whistle everyone out, in which case we need to be more united than ever.” This team unity could be the key to Real’s success in the coming weeks.
Series is to go on against Espanyol
At least in the Champions League. Because in the La Liga is due to the mixed season start 14 points behind the arch-rivals FC Barcelona and may not make any more hopes for a title defense as third in the table.
Nevertheless, the Madrilenians want to continue their upward trend on Tuesday evening at Espanyol Barcelona (from 20 clock in live ticker). With a Cristiano Ronaldo in top form.