Real Madrid great Roberto Carlos believes the club’s main focus this season should be to end their Liga drought ahead of Saturday’s Clasico showdown with Barcelona.
Madrid have emerged as Europe’s dominant force in recent seasons, winning the Champions League twice in the past three years, each time at the expense of Atletico Madrid, but have won the domestic title just once since 2008.
In the meantime, arch rivals and two-time defending champions Barca have gained a stranglehold in Spain, claiming three of the last four LaLiga trophies.
Madrid’s LaLiga record remains formidable – they have finished outside the top two positions just once in the last 12 seasons – and they head to Camp Nou top of the table and six points ahead of Barca.
And former left-back Roberto Carlos feels claiming that piece of silverware ought to be the priority, although he did not talk up the prospect of Zinedine Zidane leading them to the treble.
Speaking exclusively to Omnisport, Roberto Carlos – winner of four LaLigas and three Champions League titles during his illustrious career at the Santiago Bernabeu – said: “Madrid recently have entered into a dynamic of winning the Champions League.
“If Madrid can successfully juggle the league as well as the Champions League and the cups then I think we could win all three.
“I think the most important thing this year is to win the league as it has been too long since we have been champions.”