BENITEZ: RONALDO NOT ANXIOUS OVER LACK OF GOALS
The Real Madrid coach insists his side must not
rely solely on the Ballon d'Or winner to provide
their goal threat when they face Malmo in the
Rafael Benitez says Cristiano Ronaldo is not
anxious about his lack of goals this season and
has backed him to find his scoring touch for
Real Madrid against Malmo in Wednesday's
Champions League match.
The Portugal star has scored eight times so far
this season but all of those goals came in just
two matches, as he netted against Shakhtar
Donetsk in the Champions League and Espanyol
in La Liga.
However, Ronaldo is by far the most frequent
shooter in the Spanish top flight, having had 41
attempts in six games - Lionel Messi is next
with 24 and behind him is Iago Aspas on 18.
The three-time Ballon d'Or winner came under
fire again on Saturday for failing to score in a
0-0 draw with Malaga, but Benitez insists the
likes of Isco and Jese Rodriguez must help
share the goalscoring burden.
"Is Ronaldo anxious? He is quite well, as is the
rest of the team. We created a lot of chances on
Saturday and we did not concede. But yes, we
have to increase our accuracy," said the Madrid
boss ahead of Wednesday's game.
"The players were not calm enough to make the
best decisions because they were so eager to
score against Malaga.
"I see Cristiano as I see the the rest of the
team. When the team creates chances,
Cristiano has the opportunity to score. I'm sure
he'll score goals, he's a guarantee for goals. He
has my absolute confidence.
"I think it's normal that Malmo are thinking
about stopping him, he has fantastic attacking
"Our second line of attack needs to improve its
goal tally, too. Players like Isco and Jese. We
can't only rely on Karim Benzema and Cristiano.
"In this case, what's important is to continue
encouraging and motivating all of the players
who score the team's goals. It's only a matter
of time until our attacking players start scoring
Benitez has been criticised in some quarters in
Spain for being too defensively-minded for
Madrid, but the former Napoli boss has
shrugged off such comments.
"There is no Benitez 'method'. We try to be
more solid in defence without losing the quality
in attack," he said.
"You have to rotate when you're at a team like
Real Madrid. I think a team with this quality
allows that. But the difference lies in the quality
of the players.
"If you're in the Champions League it's because
you're of a standard. We have to play to our
best as they will leave everything out on the
"We have to play in the best way possible.
We've prepared for the game and studied
videos of Malmo."
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