Zidane admits shortage of strikers


Los Blancos parted ways with Alvaro Morata and Mariano Diaz during the summer.

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has admitted that the squad is lacking depth when it comes to strikers. The reigning La Liga champions did try to sign a striker during the summer, but their failure to add a new face to the Bernabéu might prove crucial for their season.

Real Madrid sold Alvaro Morata to Chelsea and Mariano Diaz to Lyon, but only added Borja Mayoral, who returned from a loan spell at Wolfsburg.

“Looking at our squad, we may be missing a number nine,” Zidane told the press on Tuesday ahead of Real Madrid’s game against APOEL, according to Football Espana.

“I would have liked Morata to stay but he wanted to play more first-team football elsewhere, which was his decision.

“We tried to get in another player, last year we had Morata and Mariano and now only Mayoral is in the squad.

“Mayoral was not in the squad against Levante but that was my decision and he will be a part of our group on Wednesday – he is hungry.

“We’re happy to have Ronaldo back – physically he is very fit and mentally with all that has happened, with all the talk, he is in a good place.”