The Real Sociedad defender does not believe his side will benefit
from the Portuguese attacker's absence on Saturday as he feels they
look stronger off the ball without him
Real Sociedad left-back Yuri Berchiche does not believe Cristiano
Ronaldo 's absence from Saturday's game will benefit his side, as he
feels Real Madrid defend better without him.
The Madrid talisman will miss the meeting at the Anoeta with injury,
having sat out last week's win over Rayo Vallecano and Tuesday's
0-0 draw with Manchester City in the Champions League.
And while Ronaldo has netted an incredible 47 goals in 44 games in
all competitions this season, Berchiche believes Sociedad might find
coming up against Zinedine Zidane's men even tougher.
"Not coming up against Ronaldo has its good and bad sides," he told
Marca. but the team becomes more competitive in the sense that
everyone defends much better.
"Without him they are stronger when defending as a block and
they leave less space.
"With Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, they stay more up
the field, adding very little to Real Madrid."
Madrid are in desperate need for the three points on Saturday as they
look to remain hot on the heels of Atletico and Barcelona, who sit
joint top and one point ahead of them.