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Are Real Madrid A One Man Team?

Once again, Real Madrid lost to Atletico Madrid with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench. They have now lost all three games that the Portuguese forward hasn’t started in.

Ancelotti: Ronaldo Was Tired

Real Madrid have lost five matches in all competitions this season and in three of those matches, the club’s starting XI did not feature Cristiano Ronaldo. These games were the last two Madrid derbies against Atletico and the shock 4-2 defeat to Real Sociedad at the Anoeta.

This goes to show that Cristiano Ronaldo fulfils a bigger role than simply being the top goal scorer. He is also a driving force, who leads by example for the team and brings a fear factor that diffuses their opponent’s morale.

For a number of reason’s Carlo Ancelotti’s men clearly miss the former Manchester United man when he isn’t on the pitch.

It was a big surprise when the Italian manager decided to rest Ronaldo against Atletico on Wednesday, and then when the Portuguese star joined the action, his teammates were already demoralised by conceding the first goal of the game. Ronaldo was then relied upon to lead his team back into a winning position, which did not work out.

However, the real concern is that, despite the various star players available to Real Madrid, the club has still not found an avenue through which they are able to score goals and turn results in their favour without Ronaldo. It may be a case that the club is suffering from dependency issues, and this could be something that their opponents will learn to take advantage of in the future.

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