Clearly not firing on all cylinders at present, Real Madrid need to exercise patience with their ‘BBC’ front line as they continue to play as though in preseason mode.
However, everything is under control with the work of Zinedine Zidane focused on peaking from the third week of November, which coincides with the games against Athletic Club, Barcelona and the Club World Cup.
Special circumstances have meant that Madrid’s coaching staff have had to take extra precautions to ensure that Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale stay as fit as possible.
Despite all three showing clear signs of not being at one hundred percent, Zidane is very clear that he will not rush them.
Ronaldo scored on Saturday and that’s probably the best news the team could receive with the Portuguese unusually struggling for goals at this stage of the campaign.
Both player and club suffer when he is not regularly hitting the target so the final goal in the win at Real Betis will have provided some positivity.
Only his third of the season, the partial ligament tear and consequent delay in returning to the side must be taken into account.
Of the trident, Bale is playing the best at present, but he hasn’t stopped since returning from Euro 2016 and could probably benefit from a rest.
Benzema is woefully out of form and the striker spent virtually the entire preseason doing little to no work.
He reappeared but soon after starting the campaign had to stop again.
Now he has to work with fitness coach Pintus, in agreement with Zidane, who knows what can get the Frenchman physically fit and motivated again.