Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti states that he is not concerned about the dip in form suffered by Cristiano Ronaldo over the last few weeks. Just over a month ago, the Portuguese superstar held in 12 goal advantage over Lionel Messi in the la Liga goalscoring charts.
This advantage has been reduced to just two due to a combination of Ronaldo going on a barren form and Messi on an unstoppable run. Ronaldo has missed two matches during this period due to suspension. Since his return in the 4-0 thrashing against Atletico Madrid, he has not scored in back-to-back matches.
As a result, the spotlight is on the 30-year-old ahead of the Champions League knockout match against Schalke. The German club will be warned enough about the Portuguese, who performs extremely well when he is often questioned. The form shown by Ronaldo appears to have translated to Real Madrid as well. The Spanish club had a strong advantage in the la Liga race going into the winter break, but now the lead has been cut to just one point after 23 matches. Ancelotti is keen to rediscover the winning feeling starting with the European encounter. Schalke’s recent poor run of form will give Real Madrid a lot of confidence.
“He didn’t score but he was dangerous. A crossbar, an assist (for Karim Benzema), he could have scored, he didn’t miss passes and the technical evaluation of his match is positive. The party issue for me is not an issue. I have never given an opinion on players’ private lives and I am not going to start today. The problem is that some think this might affect the professionalism and seriousness of the players,” said Ancelotti about Ronaldo’s poor form. Ronaldo was criticised for celebrating his birthday party despite having suffered a 4-0 defeat against Atletico only hours before.