Real Madrid lost just three matches last season on their way to the LaLiga Santander title. However, at only the end of November, they have already matched this figure this season with defeats to Cadiz, Valencia and Alaves.
Things aren’t looking good for Los Blancos as they find themselves six points behind Atletico Madrid – who have even played a game less.
They have managed one point out of the last nine available, losing to Valencia, drawing to Villarreal and losing again in the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Saturday – a 2-1 loss to Alaves. This is now their second home defeat after losing 1-0 to Cadiz and their third of the season if we count the 3-2 Champions League loss to Shakhtar Donetsk.
A big reaction is needed from the players, but things aren’t set to get any easier with a trip to Sevilla coming up. The toughest test will come when they then face Atletico Madrid in what can only be described as a must-win if Real Madrid want to keep their titles hopes alive.
If Atletico can overturn their city rivals and further extend their lead over the current champions, it could be seen as a turning point in the season.
Real Madrid have a lot to work on if they want to see their fortunes improve. They will need to improve massively at the back as they have already conceded 16 goals this term – 1.2 per match – which is Zinedine Zidane’s worst defensive record since he arrived. They have also registered their poorest goalscoring statistics since 2009, having scored just 16 in 10 matches.
The void left by Cristiano Ronaldo when he departed for Juventus in 2018 has never been more apparent.