Thibaut Courtois blames lack of a top attacker for Real Madrid's struggles this season

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Real Madrid have struggled at times this season.

Los Blancos were rocked over last summer when, five days after winning the Champions League, manager Zinedine Zidane announced he was resigning. 

Things got even worse less than a month later when Cristiano Ronaldo also departed, leaving a massive void at the Bernabeu. 

It was Julen Lopetegui who took over from Zidane, but without the five-time Ballon d'Or winner in his squad, he lasted less than four months in the job. 

Following a run of bad results, the Spanish manager was sacked in late October, with a 5-1 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona sealing his fate. 

Lopetegui was replaced by Santiago Solari who's been trying to steady the ship ever since.

Things have improved in recent months, but a slow start to the season may have resigned Madrid to disappointment come May. 

OFF THE PACE 

They're currently third in La Liga, 10 points behind bitter rivals Barca. It's highly unlikely that Real will catch them at the top now, and chances of picking up silverware elsewhere are also slim.

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Solari's side have been drawn against the La Liga leaders in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey and will also have a tough time retaining their Champions League crown too. 

So, that rocky start could really cost Los Blancos and they might finish this campaign trophyless, which would be a real disappointment. 

EXPLAINING THE TROUBLES

Thibaut Courtois, who joined Madrid from Chelsea last summer, has recently been speaking about why his new team struggled so much in the early months of the campaign.  

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Rather than giving a normal answer about the whole team sharing responsibility for their poor form, he was very honest blamed the lack of a 'top attacker' in the team, following Ronaldo's departure.  

"If Ronaldo leaves and there is no real top attacker in his place, you know that it will be a difficult year," the goalkeeper told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, per Goal.

"You take 50 goals away. You hope that Benzema or Bale will score more and partly they do that too. We are making progress in the last few weeks."

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Real are missing Ronaldo a lot - and Courtois has made that very clear by suggesting that Bale and Benzema have failed to fill his void. 

But, the Belgian 'keeper isn't blameless either, he's been criticised a few times this season for conceding soft goals.  

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