Real Madrid hoping Ronaldo's form turns

Nov 17, 2017 - 8:18 PM For Zinedine Zidane, the Madrid soccer derby on Saturday is just what Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema need to break their scoring slump.

The Real Madrid forwards have been struggling in the Spanish league, with just two goals between them.

Ronaldo, while striking six times in the Champions League, has tallied only one in seven La Liga appearances.

Benzema is having an even tougher time, with just two in 12 matches across all competitions.

"It's true that this is not normal, but they just need to keep training and keep trying as they have been doing," Zidane said.

"You don't need to tell Karim and Cristiano that they should train more, it's something they do. They will go out on the pitch and score, I am sure of it."

Over his career, Ronaldo has thrived against Real's crosstown rivals Atletico.

Ronaldo holds the record for the Spanish capital derby with 21 goals. He scored a hat-trick in his most recent league visit to Atletico, the final derby to be played at the former Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Benzema's performances, however, have not been as impressive, with three goals in his past 14 league matches against Atletico.

Zidane says Ronaldo and Benzema focused on recovering their scoring form last week during the international break, when they stayed at the club.

"We have been working on it," he said. "What I want is that my players, my forwards, play well, and tomorrow is a good match for them to keep trying."

Source: AAP

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