Rafa Benitez says he wants his Real Madrid players to share the goals more between them and not rely so much on Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Los Blancos drew a blank in their last game – a disappointing draw at home to Malaga. They also failed to score against Sporting Gijon on the opening day of the season.
And Ronaldo, despite scoring eight goals this season, has been getting criticism from some quarters as his goals have all come in just two games this term.
Speaking to the media ahead of the Champions League tie against Malmo, Benitez said he wants more players to get on the score sheet.
“The key the other day was our effectiveness with the final pass, which is the most difficult thing. Anxiety in the final minutes, too. We lacked the composure to carve out better chances. What we have to do is instil confidence in the players up front. I’ve set [Karim] Benzema a target and with Cristiano there’s no need, because he’s always there and we all know his quality. We have to improve the tallies of the players coming from deeper so as not to have to rely so much on Cristiano and Benzema,” he stated.
And he added: “It’s easier to improve the backline than the forward line. Scoring goals is the hardest thing to do; it’s harder to coach it. Showing that level of precision depends a lot on the player. In defence, movements and aspects of play that become second nature can be worked on more effectively.”