Cristiano Ronaldo has endured a complicated start to the season with Real Madrid and will not get off the scoring mark in La Liga until at least October. Of course, Ronaldo’s slow start to the season has been caused by more than poor form in front of goal. Madrid’s next fixture in the Spanish top flight is not until October 1, when they face Espanyol at home.
Spanish club Villarreal have sacked coach Fran Escriba after a poor start to the season including a 4-0 defeat by Getafe on Sunday. Escriba was dismissed on Monday with Villarreal 14th in the La Liga standings after six games in which they also lost to Levante and Real Sociedad, drew with Espanyol and beat Real Betis and Alaves. "Villarreal have decided to terminate the contract of Fran Escriba as first-team coach,” the club said in a statement.