Global Sports : Ancelotti Unfazed By Ronaldo Form

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Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he is not worried by Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent drop in form as the holders prepare to play Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Ronaldo made a blistering start to the season and looked well on the way to breaking the record for La Liga goals in one campaign of 50 set by Barcelona forward Lionel Messi in 2011-12.
However, the Portugal captain has only managed four goals since the turn of the year and Saturday’s blank in Real’s 2-0 win at home to Deportivo La Coruna means he has failed to score in three consecutive La Liga matches for the first time since February 2011.
The World Player of the Year was short on luck at the Bernabeu, with one shot rattling the crossbar in the first half, but in recent weeks he has looked a shadow of the player who scored a record 17 goals in Europe last season.
“He didn’t score but he was dangerous,” Ancelotti said after Real built a four-point lead over second-placed Barcelona.
“A crossbar, an assist (for Karim Benzema), he could have scored, he didn’t miss passes and the technical evaluation of his match is positive.”
Ancelotti will need Ronaldo back to his best soon if Real are to become the first side to retain the trophy and claim an 11th European crown.
Ronaldo was criticised after photographs leaked into the media of him and some Real team mates enjoying his 30th birthday party hours after last weekend’s humiliating 4-0 drubbing at Atletico Madrid.
Real can take comfort in having knocked Schalke out of the Champions League at the same stage 9-2 on aggregate on their way to sealing La Decima.

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