- Depth in squad:
With some of the star-studded Madrid players like James Rodriguez, Pepe and Alvaro Morata, Madrid have struggled to replace them. Also, with a number of injuries occurring time and again with some of Madrid’s key players, it has been difficult to cope with. Marco Asensio, Nacho Fernandes and Lucas Vasquez have done well to fill in the gaps but they are still young and need more experience to have a more significant impact on the Real Madrid team. This void means Madrid will have to keep their best players very fresh for the Champions League games and with the season coming to its end, it is natural that the players will be more susceptible to injuries and fatigue. This does hamper Madrid’s chance and some smart rotation will be needed by Zidane to keep his best players fit.
- Inconsistent season:
Madrid are having a season to forget in the La Liga as they are nowhere close to challenge Barcelona for the league title. This is something very unnatural of Madrid and it only got worse when they were knocked out of the Copa Del Rey. The players and the management is feeling the pressure to keep up the standards expected from them and it is witnessed quite clearly on the field. Madrid have conceded some silly and unexpected goals this season which makes their composure and stability questionable. Even in the second leg of the quarter finals of the Champions League against Juventus, Madrid looked very poor defensively and if it wasn’t for Ronaldo’s late penalty goal, they might as well have been knocked out after a convincing win in the first leg.
- Dependency on Ronaldo:
Even at the age of 33, Cristiano Ronaldo has been banging in goals in big numbers. While it is very good for Real Madrid, it is a worrying sign that they are still dependent on Ronaldo’s goals to make a difference on the pitch. Ronaldo struggled in the early stages of the season which is why Madrid struggled too and are not where they need to be in the La Liga table. It is only understandable that Ronaldo might have a bad day in the office but that would mean Zidane and his men would have to make do on their own. It is to be noted that Bayern Munich will be doing their homework and any team facing Madrid will definitely try out a plan on stopping Ronaldo. The Los Blancos will have to be ready for that but given the season they are having it is difficult to see them go through if Bayern manage to hold off Ronaldo in both the legs.