Real Madrid’s LaLiga title defense has been thrown into chaos, with the side’s woeful form in the third game at home of particular concern to coach Zinedine Zidane.
The reigning league champions are currently in seventh place and nine points off the pace after five matches, with just a miserly nine goals to their name so far this season.
Their inability to convert in front of came to the fore in their disappointing 2-2 draw with Valencia, as Los Blancos failed to grab all three points despite taking a total of 22 shots on goal throughout the match.
One could be forgiven for thinking that was just a one-off incident, but for the second week in a row against Valencia-based opposition Zidane’s men failed to capitalise, having to make do with a 1-1 draw against Levante despite 18 attempts.
Things were expected to improve upon Cristiano Ronaldo’s return on Wednesday night, but instead the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu faithful were treated to another disappointing attacking display.
This time it was worse, in fact.
Madrid took 27 shots in total and failed to find the back of the net at all as they slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Real Betis, in part due to former custodian Antonio Adan’s heroics in front of goal, as he pulled off seven saves on the night.
“We had 26 or 27 attempts, but today the ball did not want to go in, especially here in our field,” Zidane said.
In total, the Merengues have had 57 shots at home this season; five have hit the woodwork (including two against Betis) and only three have found the back of the net.
For a side that recorded 106 goals en route to the title last season, including 48 goals at home, their inability to score is worrying as they languish in the middle of the table.