Real Madrid must defeat PSG to avoid a repeat of the 1996 disaster

27 Jan 2018

The only competition left for Real Madrid to focus on between now and the end of the season is the Champions League, given that they find themselves 19 points behind Barcelona in LaLiga and out of the Copa del Rey.

It won’t be easy for Los Blancos in Europe, though, as they face the firepower of Paris Saint-Germain, but they need to win or else they’ll have nothing to play for by the end of March of a season for the first time since 1995/96.

Back then, the team managed by Jorge Valdano had won the league the previous season, but started the 1995/96 campaign horribly, losing three of the first six fixtures, drawing two and winning just once.

Their LaLiga hopes were over before they could get started, while they then exited the Copa del Rey at the hands of Espanyol on January 18, 1996.

Valdano was fired shortly afterwards and Arsenio Iglesias Pardo took over, after a short caretaker stint by Vicente del Bosque.

Despite this coaching change, Real Madrid kept playing poorly and were knocked out of European competition by Juventus at the last 16 stage, meaning that by March 20 they had said goodbye to all possible titles.

This year’s Real Madrid, therefore, must find a way to overcome the Ligue 1 leaders if they want to avoid a similar situation.

The second leg will take place on March 6, and Los Blancos will be hoping that’s not their last big night of the season.

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