Sky Sports pundit Terry Gibson has slammed Real Madrid saying the club is a mess at the moment and they need to do some serious work in the summer if they are to realistically compete for La Liga next year.
Los Blancos slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Atletico de Madrid at the weekend and sit 12 points behind Barcelona – their title hopes all but over.
Real’s performances in big games this season has been poor – they have failed to beat any of their top four rivals this campaign.
On top of that, they were thrown out of the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player and were handed a two-transfer window ban on signing new players – which has been suspended for now pending an appeal.
In the wake of their insipid display at the weekend, Gibson, a respected pundit for his knowledge of Spanish football, said Los Blancos need to sort themselves out.
He commented: “To be 12 points behind in the league at this stage signifies that we are currently seeing a Real Madrid team that are a real mess at the moment – and that’s the opinion throughout the Spanish press. Of course, we know where that starts and it starts from the top.
“There are a lot of issues to be sorted out for Real Madrid, not just to be competitive because they should be challenging for the Champions League. The bulk of the squad is there to start planning for next season and I think it is his (Zidane’s) responsibility. I’m estimating that we might see half a dozen big signings but four or five starting regularly.”