PSG’s Real Madrid Champions League win shows Zinedine Zidane misses Cristiano Ronaldo | Football | Sport
Fans could have been forgiven for thinking it was a case of problem solved.
But defeat to PSG is likely to raise more questions about the 47-year-old and his future at the Bernabeu.
PSG were the better team for the most part with Angel Di Maria, a former Bernabeu darling, their standout performer.
How Real could have been forgiven for pining for a player of his quality. They used to have one, too, in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Over the summer, Zidane got to work. He knew the squad needed investment and splashed the cash accordingly.
And Ferland Mendy, Eder Milito, Alphonse Areola, Luka Jovic and Rodrygo joined him at the club as well.
However, Real’s investment appears to have done nothing. Stilll, Ronaldo hasn’t been replaced.
Whether he likes it or not, comparisons are bound to be made. And Hazard already looks as if the task of replacing Ronaldo is beyond him.
When Real had Ronaldo in their ranks they were unstoppable.
The 34-year-old lit up the Bernabeu night after night, scoring big goals and driving them onto greater heights.
There were moments like his stunning acrobatics against Juventus, his late penalty against the same side, a brace against Bayern Munich, goals in finals against Atletico Madrid and the Old Lady and much, much more.
PSG deserved their win. They were slicker, hungrier and more confident.
How times have changed.
This may be too much for Zidane. Certainly, it seems like a situation only an experienced, established coach can get them out of.
With no Ronaldo come no trophies. That’s the bottom line and Real will look at the PSG drubbing knowing they’re miles behind what they should be.