Real's Ronaldo unconcerned by goal drought
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo remained
unconcerned by his recent barren run of form in front of goal as his
team prepared for this weekend's showdown with Primera Liga leaders
"I'm the first person that wants to score goals, I've scored them all my
life and when this bad run ends I will continue to score them," the
Brazil international told reporters at the Bernabeu on Friday.
"However, I'm not obsessed or worried about scoring. There are a lot of
other things in the world that concern me far more.
"This is just a sport. A ball has got to cross the line and go into the
net and when that happens all the pressure will be over and I hope that
that happens as soon as possible."
Ronaldo, who has scored just one goal in the last 11 league games, will
almost certainly start up front for Real in Sunday's match at the
Bernabeu but the identity of his strike partner is not yet certain.
If training on Friday was anything to go by, Real coach Vanderlei
Luxemburgo is considering playing both the in-form Michael Owen and
skipper Raul, at the expense of Portuguese winger Luis Figo.
Barcelona are anxiously waiting to see if their captain Carles Puyol and
Brazilian forward Ronaldinho can play.
Ronaldinho was unable to train with his team mates for the third day in
succession because of a stomach complaint, while Puyol is following a
special programme as he tries to recover from an ankle strain.
The club said, however, that both players were expected to train with
their team mates on Saturday.
Barcelona have a nine-point cushion over Real Madrid at the top of the
league with eight games left to play.