Johan Cruyff believes it is a ‘failure’ for Real Madrid to be 16 points adrift of Barcelona at this point in the La Liga campaign.
Real’s inconsistent performances, coupled with the incredible start made by Tito Vilanova’s side, have seen the champions fall well behind both Barca and city rivals Atletico Madrid.
And the former Barca coach feels the gap between Spain’s two biggest clubs is a remarkable one.
“At this stage of the season Real Madrid being 16 points behind Barcelona can only be called a failure,” Cruyff told reporters.
Madrid boss Jose Mourinho controversially dropped captain Iker Casillas for the recent 3-2 defeat to Malaga, and Cruyff suggested the move was based on more than just current form.
When asked for his view on the contentious decision, he said: “You don’t lose your place overnight.”
The 65-year-old was speaking ahead of the 1-1 friendly draw between Catalunya and Nigeria – his final match before calling time on his coaching career.