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This one may fall into the category of Jose Mourinho's lack of confidence in his squad, but how many of the players are suffering because of his methods?
Perhaps suffering is too strong a term, maybe the best way to look at it is simply that the manager isn't focusing on his strongest assets.
Mesut Ozil should be Real Madrid's focal point on the pitch. For the style of football they're capable of playing—the blitzkrieg counterattacks—a player like Ozil needs to pull the strings for it to be a success.
But Mourinho has seemingly created another small battle between himself and the German international. Some might wish to think that the whole story has been blown out of proportion, and again the issue of Mourinho's war with the media arises.
But Ozil's performances up until recently tell a different story.
What about Kaka and the lack of faith Mourinho appears to have in him? Couldn't the Brazilian and Ozil form a devastating partnership on the pitch, one which sees them successfully combine with Cristiano Ronaldo as an advanced midfield three?
There has also been evidence in the past of Mourinho passing the blame for draws or defeats onto his players, once again adding to the notion that all is not well in the squad.
It's always been the case that when a team fails to perform the manager is the first to feel the heat. Real Madrid can hardly swap out the majority of their squad for players Mourinho hand picks himself, and why would they want to relinquish their hold on some of Europe's finest footballers?
Maybe it will come to be that a change of manager is best for the squad and the success of this group of players.
Whatever the winning relationship was last season, it has undoubtedly morphed into something else this season.