Despite Zinedine Zidane’s recent insistence that he is not concerned by Real Madrid’s lack of killer instinct, and that an important thing is a number of chances that his team is creating, today’s training session in Dortmund suggested otherwise.
The Real Madrid coach is fully aware that practice makes perfect, so, aside from the normal possession games to warm up, today’s session at the Signal Iduna Park stadium was almost entirely dedicated to shooting drills for his forward line.
The Frenchman admitted in a press conference that he “hopes” his side can rediscover its goalscoring form in the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, after what has been a very slow start to the campaign.
Zidane, as meticulous as he is, did not stop giving instructions and advice to all of his players when it came to shooting so that this “hope” becomes a reality.
There was an emphasis on crossing the ball from both wings for Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and company to hone in on their finishing, after their early-season profligacy, at least in home matches at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Zidane is desperate for Real to discover the ruthless efficiency in front of goal that helped them win the Champions League for the last two seasons and even more so in a stadium where Los Blancos have never emerged victorious.