Players from Real Madrid have complained about the hectic schedule of their pre-season tour of the United States and Asia.
The Spanish side suffered an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Japan’s Tokyo Verdy on Monday, and still have two games to play on their six-match tour.
“We came to Japan to win the hearts of the people but it isn’t easy to play with so much travelling, plane and bus trips, and official events,” Brazilian striker Ronaldo told Marca.
“Eventually you pay for making such an effort.”
France midfielder Zinedine Zidane added: “At the end of the tour you really notice the travelling and this is the problem.”
Real embarked upon a similar tour before the 2003-4 campaign and several players cited the draining effects of the schedule as an excuse for their poor shoing that season.
Although the tour is expected to earn the club around €25 million, Real have not endeared themselves to their hosts and have been accused of being arrogant during their stay in China.