Critics should be careful with Ronaldo: Zidane

Isco created several opportunities in a tough match at San Mames on Saturday evening

Isco created several opportunities in a tough match at San Mames on Saturday evening

A series of disappointing performances have left the defending LaLiga champions eight points off the pace in the title race, with Zinedine Zidane's side perched in fourth spot.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has played down a supposed disagreement between himself and Cristiano Ronaldo earlier this season.

Ramos and Ronaldo have since reportedly had a difference of opinion over the way the Spanish giants are heading, although the skipper has been quick to brush aside such talk.

"I'm very repetitive and I get exhausted of saying the same thing", said Zidane.

"He will keep trying until the goals come". Last year, not long ago, he had a phenomenal season. "Be careful with Cristiano".

Real have scored 11 fewer goals than Barcelona so far this term with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema struggling for form.

However, Madrid ended up winning the Champions League that season after Zidane took charge in January, and Ramos remains upbeat about their hopes of enjoying a successful campaign.

Following Saturday's 0-0 La Liga draw at Athletic Bilbao, AS compared this season so far to 2015-16 under Rafa Benitez, and pointed out that Zidane's side now have two fewer points and have scored seven fewer goals with 14 games played than they had under the current Newcastle boss. It's true that we have to score more goals but when things aren't adequate, I remain calm, because I know that sooner or later things will change.

"I think my team is doing well". No matter what people on the outside say, possibly they aren't seeing what I am.

They will also finish as runners-up to Tottenham in their ChampionsLeague group, although they are assured of a place in the last 16.

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