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Fabio Capello thinks one Real Madrid star is a problem for Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane is enduring the toughest period of his brief Real Madrid managerial tenure which, given the club remain unbeaten so far this season, seems a little harsh.

Such is the expectation at the Bernabeu, four consecutive draws across all competitions is not considered good enough for Los Blancos' French manager.

Despite winning the Champions League just six months ago, the hierarchy at Madrid have seemingly short memories and Zidane is already under pressure to turn results around.

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It doesn't usually take much for managers of Real Madrid to be shown the exit, however, Zidane's recent success and legendary status at the club should - in theory - buy him extra time than most at the La Liga giants.

Madrid started the season where the last term finished off and narrowly missed out a record 17th consecutive victory by sharing the spoils with Villareal two weeks ago.

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And one of Zidane's many predecessors thinks he knows why they haven't been able to fire on all cylinders since.

Fabio Capello had two separate spells at the Bernabeu and managed to pick up two La Liga titles along the way.

He believes the form of one particular star is proving to be Zidane's biggest headache.

Real Madrid Training

"The problem for Real Madrid now is Cristiano Ronaldo," he told Onda Cero, as per Goal.

"Because he is not well physically and is their best player."

The former England boss might have a point.

Ronaldo missed the start of the campaign to recover from a knee injury picked up in the final of Euro 2016 and has only played in four league games.

By his high standards, one goal and a single assist is a poor return and his frustrations were evident by his reaction to being substituted off against Las Palmas.

UD Las Palmas v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Following his Champions League and European Championship triumphs in the summer the 31-year-old is still widely expected to win the Ballon d'Or for 2016.

Pinning the sole blame of Madrid's stuttering form on Ronaldo might be slightly harsh, though, as Luke Modric and Casemiro's continued absence through injury have certainly also been huge misses for Zidane.

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Zinedine Zidane
La Liga
Real Madrid
Football
Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA Champions League

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