Monday, November 20, 2017

Benzema and Ronaldo: Worst strike rate in Europe and in Real Madrid's history

Real Madrid's forward line is accustomed to being recognised for its prowess in front of goal but with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema both having hit the back of the net once so far in LaLiga they are one of the worst duos in Europe this season.

Of the 98 clubs in LaLiga, the Premier League, Ligue 1, the Bundesliga and Serie A, only the two strikers of Benevento, who lie bottom of the Italian league, have a worse record.

They had 12 goals last season

What make their run more surprising is that it is so different to recent campaigns such as last season when they had 12 goals between them with the Portuguese on eight and the Frenchman with four. Up until now they always had ten goals or more.

Both scored against Getafe

They both struck in the match against Getafe with Benzema on target before half time and Ronaldo getting his goal five minutes before the end to help Real to victory but since then the former has ot scored in 283 minutes and the latter in 365 minutes.

The barren spell is affecting the team

Zinedine Zidane has good reason to be worried as Real altogether have just 22 goals so far compared to 34 at this stage last season and so shows that no other player has come to the fore to help the side.

Looking around Europe, at Paris Saint-Germain, Cavani and Neymar have 22 goals, Nabil Fekir and Mariano have 20 at Lyon, Messi and Suarez at Barcelona have 17, and Lewandowski and Muller have 14 at Bayern Munich. Alvaro Morata, who Real let go this summer has eight goals for Chelsea while the duo of Auguero and Gabriel Jesus have 16 at Manchester City.

There are players that would not be expected to score many goals, that are ahead of Real's strike duo such as Paulinho, who has four goals so far, and defenders like Marcos Alonso at Chelsea, who has three.

Never before have Real had an attacking pair that have just netted twice in 12 LaLiga games but interestingly Ronaldo and Benzema also have the record for most goals with 27 during the 2014-15 season.

In the 1942-43 and 1984-85 seasons, the pairs of Alonso and Botella, and Santillana and Butragueno, both had three goals at this stage.

Ronaldo can look though at the Champions League where he has faired better and he is in fact top scorer with six so far.


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