Impossible for Real Madrid to win a title on current form

18 Jan 2019
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Real Madrid managed to reach the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday evening, yet the defeat to Leganes in the second leg adds to the serious concerns over their chances of winning silverware in what has so far been a disappointing campaign.

The 1-0 loss at Estadio Municipal de Butarque was Los Blancos’ tenth of the current season, which is already one more than they suffered throughout the whole of the 2017-18 campaign.

Out of 32 matches this season, 19 have been victories, three have ended in a draw while ten defeats leaves serious doubts over what the team can achieve in the five months that remain.

Under Julen Lopetegui, the team lost six matches out of 14 but Santiago Solari‘s numbers are not much better, with four defeats out of 18.

WORSE THAN LAST SEASON

Under Zinedine Zidane, Madrid’s Champions League-winning side lost just nine matches out of 62 matches, while the current squad has lost one more game in a staggering 30 games less.

At this point last season, going into the Round of 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain, Madrid were underperforming, yet nowhere near the disappointing numbers that the current side is racking up.

SCORING PROBLEM

The defeat at Leganes saw Madrid blank in front of goal for the eighth occasion this season, something which occurred just six times all of last, while it did not happen at all in the 2016-17 campaign.

Solari mentioned at the end of the match that he lacked a striker and, although true due to the absences of Mariano Diaz, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, it does not justify the poor scoring form that has been witnessed all season.

DEFENSIVE FRAGILITY

Madrid conceded just once on Wednesday night but it should have been more had it not been for an excellent Keylor Navas display.

Los Blancos have let in 37 goals in 32 matches which, combined with an impotent attack, is a recipe for disaster.

NO CONTROL OF THE GAME

In recent matches, Madrid cannot dominate the ball. Against Real Betis on Sunday, Solari’s side had just 26 per cent of possession.

In that game, Luka Modric played the most successful passes with 29 while, on Wednesday, Marcelo managed the most with 48.

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