La Liga Update

Madrid fans think they are too dependent on Ronaldo

Real lose one game without C-Ron, go into complete meltdown

Kaka and Raul

If there’s one thing the Spanish football press love more than those crazy upside down question marks, then it’s pouncing on an opportunity to shed doubt over the internal goings on Real Madrid. Today, there are plenty of stories to suggest that all is not well at the Bernabeu.

Up until last weekend, Los Blancos had enjoyed a 100 per cent record in La Liga, but this was brought to an abrupt end by Seville. AS tell us how Cristiano Ronaldo “suffered” while watching the game on TV, and Marca have taken the Portuguese star’s absence as an opportunity to run a hasty poll. According to their statistics, a whopping 58 per cent of Madridistas believe they have “Ronaldodependencia”, or rather an over-dependence on the Portuguese Man-o’-sex. A slightly rash conclusion, considering the season is six games old and cursed Ronny has missed only one of them.

Meanwhile, Sport has revealed (unsubstantiated) details of a post-Seville handbags session between Karim Benzema and Manuel Pellegrini. Apparently, the notoriously outspoken Frenchman has already grown tired of being replaced in big games, and has expressed his disapproval of sharing attacking duties with 412-year-old legend Raul, as their roles “overlap” too much, and he would prefer a strike partner with “more mobility”.

Sport say Pellegrini has yet to react to the outburst, but they remind readers that the Chilean coach warned the club that the Frenchman’s signing would be “detrimental to the team”.

In a separate story, Sport also claim that Pellegrini is feeling pressure from Florentino Perez. The Barcelona-based newspaper says the club president is “not at all happy” with the coach, who is audaciously employing his own ideas instead of letting the people upstairs assume control of the side. The main sticking point is said to be team selection – Perez is said to want a fixed starting XI, including all the ‘box office signings’, all the time, while Pellegrini has always been keen to use a squad rotation system.

Evidently, Perez has a short memory, as his insistence that all the galacticos play all the time brought an abrupt end to his last reign in charge of the club.

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