Madrid are already seven issues at the back of Barcelona within the race for La Liga and face a an important Champions League recreation with Borussia Dortmund this night.
They have drawn two times and misplaced as soon as of their opening six league video games in spite of maintaining the Champions League and profitable La Liga remaining season.
Cristiano Ronaldo has ignored 5 video games thru suspension for pushing the referee right through the Super Cup, and Madrid’s different forwards have struggled in his absence.
Karim Benzema is but to attain because the Super Cup, Gareth Bale has two in 5 video games, whilst Marco Asensio has additionally scored two times.
Compared with the 9 from Lionel Messi the Real Madrid avid gamers are suffering to impose themselves.
And Ayestaran thinks there are indicators of tension of their play.
“Given how sensationally they started the campaign with the Super Cup win over Barcelona too, it feels like the initial dip in results has got to them, and that there is now an anxiety – and damaging self-perpetuating impatience – about putting it right again,” he wrote in his column for the Independent.
“They are now not as fluent as they will have to be, and opposition facets are growing such a lot of extra possibilities and openings towards them. They are simply changing into slightly stretched – each in relation to their construction and, now, their mentality.
“They reached any such top degree towards Barcelona, and set any such same old, that the dropped issues in next league video games then shocked them slightly.
“Of direction, a part of that used to be right down to unhealthy success and goalkeepers having superb presentations, however what that then does is feed the anxiousness so one thing that used to be freakish then turns into mounted. Bad success can result in unhealthy choices, as a result of the psychological impact of them.”
Zinedine Zidane has chopped and adjusted his staff to deal with the deficient begin to his entrance line and accidents.
And Ayestaran thinks he wishes a settled staff to get the momentum again.
He added: “It has all fed into the overall feeling that, in seeking to repair this as fast as imaginable, they are making it worse. They now not glance affected person sufficient to permit a recreation or efficiency to ‘cook’.
“Zidane additionally appears to be tinkering along with his staff an excessive amount of, one thing this is in model in Europe presently, however isn’t serving to set the way.
“I’ve at all times discovered that tinkering at this degree of the season in fact creates extra issues, as a result of that is when common video games are in fact required assist avid gamers reinforce – one thing that isn’t the case in February.”