Guillem Balague has claimed Real Madrid are not a team built for the future, and although they’ve been ‘well managed’ by Zinedine Zidane, they have also been ‘poorly coached.’
The Spanish football expert was speaking on Sky Sports’ weekly La Liga podcast to offer his views about the defending champions and their sub-par start to the new season.
He said, as quoted on skysports.com: “They quite clearly need somebody that allows them to do their thing, and it’s not by chance that getting rid of Rafa Benitez and getting Zidane in came from conversations with Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo asking what type of manager they should get in.
“I don’t think this year it’s going to happen for them, and despite Barcelona not being overly impressive, their football is predictable at times, I don’t think Real can catch them, even though we are a long way away. This team under Zidane has been very well managed, but poorly coached.”
Los Blancos find themselves eight points behind leaders Barcelona in the league already, having slipped to defeats against Real Betis at home and away at new boys Girona at the weekend.
With the Blaugrana looking solid so far, Madrid have work to do if they are to successfully defend their trophy – something Balague believes they will fail to do.
He added: “I don’t think this year it’s going to happen for them, and despite Barcelona not being overly impressive, their football is predictable at times, I don’t think Real can catch them.