The situation being experienced by Real Madrid at the moment is not new, and on two previous occasions Lorenzo Sanz – as president – went through something similar and is therefore qualified to offer the current team the benefit of his advice.
In 97/98, Los Blancos won the European Cup but finished 11 points behind Barcelona in the league, and in 99/00, more European glory was tinged with regret at finishing fifth and seven points behind eventual LaLiga champions Deportivo la Coruna.
“It all depends on the players,” Sanz noted.
“At this moment it’s complicated and difficult, and you can’t do anything about what’s gone before.
“They shouldn’t get discouraged though, because I know what it is to win two European Cups and play badly in the league.”
The former president also values what the team has done recently.
“You can’t win every year,” he continued.
“I think keeping calm is the only thing that can help them get out of this situation, and Florentino Perez is doing very well in that regard.”
As to how Los Blancos haul themselves out of the poor run they’ve found themselves in, Sanz is clear about what needs to be done.
“I remember that I talked to the players and the coaches, and the only thing was to transmit calmness,” he said.
“In August, they were the best team in the world and their football has not been lost, they are still the same.
“New signings? Tell me a player who can contribute right now. None.
“The league is lost, but the Copa del Rey and the Champions League are not.”
Despite his positive outlook, Sanz hasn’t lost his grip on the reality of what could happen if things continue as they have recently.
“The problem is that in a month we could be even worse off and be out of everything,” he said.
“For the moment we are still alive in Europe and in the cup.
“The other day I met Fernando Redondo in the Federation and we were talking about our team and he was very clear to me that Real Madrid is unique.
“There is nothing lost because he believes that Real are the only team capable of changing completely.
“It’s their competition and the players know it.”
With Paris Saint-Germain on the horizon, most of the talk has been about how many the French team will score, but Sanz doesn’t believe Real need fear Mbappe, Neymar and Co.
“Real Madrid are Real Madrid and the team that should have respect and fear is PSG.
“I don’t think they’re favourites and I think we’re going to eliminate them.”