The need to score a goal is the message which has been passed around the Real Madrid dressing room ahead of the Champions League clash away to Bayern Munich.
It would appear obvious but it is more the case than normal due to the lack of a finishing touch in recent games against Atletico, Juventus, Malaga and Athletic, and Zinedine wants his players to be more direct than they have been.
“We cannot miss as much” has been what Zidane has been saying recently with the fate of the season resting on how they get on in the Champions League.
Real created plenty of chances in the derby against Atletico but they couldn’t find a way past Oblak and the match ended 0-0. It was the same against Juventus and the 3-0 from the first leg was almost not enough as they failed with 13 shots, had a goal annulled, hit the woodwork and missed two one-on-ones.
In the game with Malaga they scored with an Isco free-kick and Casemiro but they were the only two goals against the bottom team in the table who provided a shock in the 93rd minute. Against Athletic, 23 shots and one goal by Ronaldo.
It has been Ronaldo who has managed to keep Real on track in the last four games, scoring against Atletico, Juve and Athletic. The inability to score is similar to what was happening earlier in the season and a look at the statistics says everything. Against Atletico, Juve, Malaga and Athletic, one win, two draws and a defeat after 93 shots.
“I am not worried, I always try to be positive and think that things are going to work out well,” said Zidane.
“We have to look at what we have done well.”
It is in the difficulty to score goals that has created most doubt for Zidane in his starting lineup against Bayern. Benzema is in his worst scoring form since joining Madrid and so that leads to looking at alternatives such as Asensio who has ten goals this season and in particular has hit the back of the net in big games.
Lucas Vazquez does not score as many but he has been crucial in recent games such as against Juventus where he won the penalty.
With Zidane hoping for the team to rediscover their scoring form, Ronaldo is set to be the key once again having scored in each of the ten Champions League games so far this season.