Without making any excuses for Real Madrid poor form in the first half of the season, we can all agree that the injuries were detrimental to the team success. Having said that Los Blancos still has the most expensive football team ever assembled with a reserves that are the envy of teams across the world. Then why the struggles? Why are they an embarrassing 16 pts back of Barcelona one year removed from a record breaking campaign? Here are my top reasons for this years woes.
First Mourinho has put unnecessary pressure on his players devastating what was already a delicate locker room. First the top 11 were never made clear Modric was brought in and suddenly Ozil starting spot was in question, Di Maria form has left much to be desired but instead of benching he is left out to dry or awkwardly replaced with Callejon or Modric. Modric and Ozil are tactically the same footballer, they create chances in the middle of the field but Mourinho finds the need to have them both on the field awkwardly effecting on field chemistry. And the most outrageous of the moves, benching the one and only St. Iker. There is no message worth getting across to your players where a manager should make a clearly incorrect tactical decision by benching iconic captain of Club and Country best goal keeper in the world. The decision was shown to be flawed when Adan cost the team by earning himself a red card and conceding a penalty.
Second is Ronaldo's "Unhappiness". No one in this world is a bigger Ronaldo fan then myself but Come on!! get over it and play football. Why are you upset? was the biggest transfer fee in history not good enough for you? Taking 7 shots a game not enough? I am of the opinion that his sadness comes from a perceived lack of support for his Ballon D'or bid from both the fans and management of Real Madrid. Honestly Christiano, Messi just broke every damn goal scoring record possible ( Most goals for country in calander year, Most goals total in a calander year, most goals in a single Champions league game, most hat tricks in a year, most consecutive La liga games with a goal) and oh yeah he had 30+ assists. There was no argument as to who was most deserving!! Strap on your boots and continue to score goals like you do, put the team on your back when it needs you most and carry them to the promise land. You play for the club you only dreamt of as a boy with a chance to be a legend, no a hero if you can eek out a Champions League Title, LA DECIMA. Everything you dreamt about is there for the taking just keep scoring and the Glory is yours. So get over the damn sadness.
Finally and the simplest of reasons poor form form several key players Ozil, Khedira, Pepe, Ronaldo (short spell was most devastating) Karim Benzema is not finishing like last year. But i think much of this comes from the pressure of a few early loses constant shakeups in the starting lineups cause by injury, and a lack of unity in the locker room.
Mourinho and all the other large egos should take a good look in the mirror and realize they are embarrassing themselves with every point dropped and using that as motivation to capture the silverware that is still possible.