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Zidane’s Real Madrid struggles without Ronaldo exposed

Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid
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Some revealing stats have exposed the magnitude of Zidane’s problems at Real Madrid without Ronaldo.

It’s official, Zinedine Zidane has lost twice as many games in his second spell with Real Madrid compared to his first one with Cristiano Ronaldo.

A 2-1 home defeat to Levante in La Liga over the weekend has left Real Madrid’s title defense in tatters. They’re 10 points behind pacesetters Atletico Madrid, suffered an embarrassing Copa del Rey exit, failed to win the Spanish Super Cup, and only narrowly avoided a group stage Champions League exit.

But, as Marca pointed out, the biggest fact of all is how Real Madrid have struggled with no Ronaldo to make the difference with the following stats.

More defeats for Zidane

Zidane has now lost 19 of his 90 games since returning to Real Madrid in March 2019. That’s three more defeats compared to the 16 he suffered in 149 matches during his first spell with Ronaldo by his side.

Successive last-16 exits in the Champions League

The Frenchman oversaw a historic three Champions League titles in a row between 2016 and 2018. Ronaldo, of course, was at the center of the action and scored many decisive goals in the knockout stages.

Without CR7, however, Los Blancos have suffered back-to-back exits in the last-16 stage. One in 2018/19 under Santiago Solari and again last season with Zidane.

Real Madrid’s winning record crumbles

Los Blancos only lost 12.33% of the 519 games during Ronaldo’s nine-year spell. They emerged victors 374 times (72%) and enjoyed many memorable triumphs, including a 10-2 thrashing of Rayo Vallecano in 2015 and a 9-1 win over Granada in the same year.

In the post-Ronaldo era, though, Real Madrid have lost 33 times already (24.6%) in 136 matches. The more alarming stat is how they only have a winning record of 58.85% compared to the 72% achieved under CR7.

Less goals per game

450 goals in 438 games from one player was always going to be impossible to replace.

But while Karim Benzema has stepped up to try to fill the void, Real Madrid’s goal numbers have still crumbled. Zidane’s side only average 1.8 goals-per-match compared to the 2.65 goals-per-match averaged with Ronaldo.

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