Over the past seven days, Real Madrid - who sit 3 on the La Liga Table have been knocked out of the Champions League, The Copa Del Rey and have almost prematurely lost the LaLiga to FC Barcelona. This is not usually the case with Real Madrid, who is one of the top football clubs of the past century. It’s hard for a Real Madrid fan to see the season end completely in early March, with nothing really left to play for. Here are five defeats that sum up Real Madrid’s poor season:-
1. Real Madrid - Ajax
For the first time in over 1000 days, Real Madrid have been knocked out of the Champions League after a shocking 4-1 defeat to Ajax at the Bernabeu to crash out 5-3 on aggregate. As a result, Real Madrid are the first reigning Champions League winners who have failed to qualify for the quarter-final stage, since Chelsea in the 2012-13 season.
This is the first time since the 1994-95 UEFA Cup where The Los Blancos, who were recently beaten by Barcelona in one of the most watched La Liga Fixtures, have been eliminated after winning the first leg away from home. Ajax outclassed Real Madrid in their own backyard and Madrid were second best in every possible department on the pitch. Ajax are just the third away side to score four goals in a Champions League match at the Bernabeu, joining Bayern Munich(2000) and Schalke(2015).
The 4-1 scoreline is also the club's worst ever margin of defeat in a home knockout game in European competition. Madrid have now lost four consecutive matches at the Bernabeu for the first time since 2004.
2. Real Madrid - Barcelona
Real Madrid have not won any of their meetings against Barcelona this season and this is the first time since 1932 that Barcelona have won more clásicos than Madrid, taking the all-time record to 96-95.
The disastrous start to Real Madrid’s campaign was highlighted by their 5-1 Clasico defeat at The Nou Camp in October. This was against a Barcelona side without Lionel Messi who was sidelined due to injury. Furthermore Real Madrid had conceded five goals in a competitive game for the first time since November 2010 against Barcelona (5-0). This humiliating defeat ultimately cost Julen Lopetegui his job.
Barca continued their recent dominance, following up their 4-1 aggregate victory over Los Blancos in the Copa del Rey with a narrow 1-0 win in La Liga. The defeat in La Liga implies Real Madrid’s exit from the title race, sitting with a frankly disgusting 48 points after 26 games.
The only thing that hurts a Real Madrid supporter more than a loss, is losing to Barcelona. The gulf in quality between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is truly baffling and it has been showcased to the entire world over the past week.
3. Real Madrid - Real Sociedad
In their second La Liga game of 2019, Real Madrid hosted Real Sociedad. After a frustrating draw against Villareal, Real Madrid was hoping for a change of fortune in front of their home fans. But things went from bad to worse as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat in the first game of the year at the Bernabeu. This was Real Sociedad’s first victory at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga in 15 years.
Willian Jose fired Sociedad in front from the penalty spot in the third minute. The situation worsened for Madrid when Lucas Vazquez was sent off with half an hour remaining. Sociedad made the extra man count when Ruben Pardo headed in the dying minutes of the match.
Real Madrid's supporters continue to stay away from the Santiago Bernabeu with just 53,412 in attendance for this match, their third worst attendance of the season.
4. Real Madrid - CSKA Moscow
European champions Real Madrid began the post-Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo era impressively under former Spain boss Lopetegui. But the mood has shifted dramatically since the away 1-0 loss to CSKA Moscow in Matchday 2 of the Champions League.
Madrid was uncharacteristically shaky in the group stage and lost again to CSKA Moscow in Matchday 6. The Russian squad took total control at the Bernabeu, thrashing the current title holders 3-0. This was the first time Real Madrid had lost a group stage match at home in the Champions League since 2009, when they lost 3-2 against AC Milan.
CSKA Moscow is now the only team in Europe this season to have not only defeated Madrid twice, but also kept them scoreless. Only twice in the last 33 Champions League games have Real Madrid not scored, both coming against CSKA this season. Moreover they are the first team to win both their group matches against Real, since Juventus in 2008-2009.
5. Real Madrid - Girona
Real Madrid headed into their match against Girona on a high note, having been undefeated in their last eight matches across all competitions. But they found themselves crashing back to Earth after a 2-1 defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Los Blanco’s eight game unbeaten run came to an end after an abysmal performance which ended with Sergio Ramos seeing the red.
Girona came from behind to record their first ever La Liga victory at the Santiago Bernabeu. This massively boosted their hopes to avoid relegation and also put a big dent in Real Madrid’s quest for the title.