Seedorf reckons Real Madrid lack balance to compete with Barcelona in La Liga
- Seedorf has admitted that Real Madrid are less competitive in La Liga than Barcelona
- He reckons that Los Blancos are yet to find the right ballance after the departures of Cristiano and Zidane.
- However, he insists that the Royals are still very competitive.
The former Madridista Clarence Seedorf has sat with Marca for a lengthy interview to discuss the current state of affairs at the Bernabeu.
Seedorf has admitted that Real Madrid are less competitive in La Liga than Barcelona, noting that the reason for that is the need to adjust to the loss of both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.
However, the Cameroon boss believes that Los Blancos are still very competitive as they have a strong team.
On why it's difficult for Real Madrid to compete against Barcelona in La Liga:
"After a season like last year, in which the team won the Champions League again, it's not easy to find the right balance. Some improvements will probably become visible in the second half of the season, also Solari will have had more time to work with the players. There was a lot of pressure at the beginning, a moment of change always has consequences. However, the team is still very competitive."
On if Real Madrid is a different - and less competitive - team without Cristiano Ronaldo:
"Cristiano was considered a king in Madrid and he guaranteed goals for the team. If Cristiano was still in the team then Los Blancos would have more confidence in themselves, but I don't believe the results would have been so different. It's likely that the exit of Zidane has had a far greater impact because the way of working has changed. Whoever had replaced him would have needed to do a special job in order to have immediate success and overcome the inevitable initial difficulties."
On if the current version of Real Madrid is more balanced:
"At Real Madrid every single player is important, but it's the team which makes the difference. It's thanks to how the whole team plays that an individual player is able to make his mark. If the right conditions created by the team don't exist, then a single player will not make a difference. Even when Ronaldo was there, Los Blancos wasn't just him on his own. Great teams don't depend on just one player if they are serious about winning."
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On who is better out of Cristiano or Messi:
"Both have dominated the world football scene over the last decade in their own way. Messi has his own footballing style whilst Ronaldo has a completely different one. Both are still decisive and are extraordinary champions."