Kaka acknowledges poor form, pressure to win

Kaka admitted Friday he is struggling to find his form since

recovering from injury and returning to a Real Madrid side under

growing pressure to win silverware.

The Brazil playmaker has failed to make an impact since

returning earlier this month from a layoff that started after the

World Cup when he underwent knee surgery and rehabilitated a

nagging groin problem. Kaka, who has scored once, has mostly been

used as a substitute, only starting Sunday’s 1-1 draw against

Almeria though he was replaced early in the second half.

”I’m very self-critical and I know I’m not at my best but I’m

working toward getting into better shape,” Kaka said from a

sponsor event Friday. ”I hope to be better as soon as possible –

I’m just missing some added confidence on the field.”

Madrid trails Barcelona by four points in the league and is

conscious of the possibility of meeting its biggest rival in the

Copa del Rey final. Madrid plays Sevilla in the domestic cup

semifinals, while Barcelona plays Almeria.

Madrid hasn’t won any silverware in more than two seasons.

”This is the year when we cannot not triumph – we have to win

something,” the 28-year-old midfielder said.

Madrid coach Jose Mourinho pledged to see out the season with

the Spanish league club Thursday but remained vague over his

future. Kaka added further intrigue to the possibility the

Portuguese coach could exit at the end of the season.

”Mou has been very clear with us – he told us: ‘Today I’m your

coach and we’re going to fight for victory and at the end of the

season we’ll see what happens,”’ Kaka said.

While Kaka said he expected more from himself, he also expected

the same from Karim Benzema. The France striker has failed to

impress since his arrival alongside Kaka in the summer of 2009 and

his lack of form has kept him from seizing a starting spot while

Gonzalo Higuain is missing to injury.

”I’d say that he could do a little bit more and that’s what is

expected, but he’s a great player. You see his quality during

training. He could be an important player for this club but that’ll

depend on himself,” Kaka said.