5 changes Zinedine Zidane should make to fix Real Madrid
November has arrived, and Real Madrid are clearly down in the doldrums. Los Blancos are 8 points behind Barcelona in La Liga - a deficit they have never previously overcome, while they also experienced a 1-3 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League.
Real Madrid look a far cry from the side that won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League last season, and things need to change.
Here are 5 fixes Zinedine Zidane needs to make to get Real Madrid back on track:
#1 Have a word with Isco and Marco Asensio regarding Ronaldo
One of the most popular stats floating around the footballing universe recently is that Cristiano Ronaldo has the worst conversion rate among forwards in Europe's Top 5 leagues. He's thundered in 40 of them, and has only managed one league goal. However, there may be more to the eye than just a player in poor form.
Isco and Marco Asensio earned plenty of plaudits last season, and the praise seems to have gone to their head. The duo have opted to go for goal multiple times this season with a teammate, usually Ronaldo, in a better position. With the trend observed over multiple games, Ronaldo has responded with selfish play of his own, as he's now far more likely to shoot from unlikely positions than before.
The altruism of Karim Benzema works brilliantly for Cristiano Ronaldo, and Zidane needs to remind his novice superstars that Ronaldo is top-dog. Real Madrid won their trophies by playing as a team, and they need to return to that state as soon as possible.