LaLiga Santander has become hell for Real Madrid.
Since their victory to secure the title in Malaga on the last day of the 2016/17 season, the domestic competition has given them a great deal of displeasure.
It is a weekly headache that has been eroding the team and hurting the morale of the players, who have only managed to take their mind off it over the last year and a half with impressive Champions League performances.
What was once viewed as an added merit is now second fiddle when you take into account how badly the team fare on a day-to-day basis.
The Eibar fiasco delved further into a wound that has been open for too long at Real Madrid, who have been unable to find a way to be consistency competitive in the league since winning it on May 21, 2017.
Since that success at La Rosaleda, Real Madrid have played 51 games in the league and won just 28 of them.
The remainder are divided up into 12 draws and 11 losses.
That means that in all that time Los Blancos have barely won 55 percent of their league commitments.
It is worrying and devastating data which highlights the terrible trajectory that they are on.
In a hypothetical league table of the last 50 games (that is, not counting matchday 13 in the current campaign), Real Madrid would be third, 21 points behind Barcelona and a further six off Atletico Madrid.
The massive gulf between them and the Blaugrana is one that is evidence of the problems they have in the league and which have existed for some time.
In that same hypothetical table, Real Madrid have conceded 60 goals, all the more concerning when you note that Barcelona have shipped 47 and the Rojiblancos just 30.
All of these numbers are cause for alarm and will certainly have those bells ringing.
Last season, Real Madrid started poorly and put together a poor run of form which saw them wave goodbye to their league title early, after three losses in the first five games.
From that point on, the team couldn’t lift themselves and a streak of four successive wins was their best such run.
The situation wore Zinedine Zidane down and ended up resulting in the departure of the French tactician, hurt by being unable to make his team competitive in a tournament that he attached so much importance to.
A triumph yet again in the Champions League wasn’t enough to encourage him to remain in charge as he saw bad things developing and preferred to step aside.
The 2017/18 league season was one to forget for Real Madrid as they ultimately finished 17 points off champions Barcelona.
After Zidane‘s departure, Julen Lopetegui arrived with the number one goal being to regain their form in the league.
The title became a priority after three successive Champions League victories, but it isn’t going well.
Their early enthusiasm has quickly faded and, after three wins from three to start, the bubble was burst at San Mames with an unexpected draw.
From there, the team fell into a huge crisis.
They managed one win in the six games that followed, with four defeats and one draw and that negative streak spelled the end for Lopetegui.
Santiago Solari arrived and it has been more of the same as in his third game in charge came a defeat against Eibar that was as surprising as it was painful.
Once more, LaLiga Santander has hurt Real Madrid, proving to be a nightmare for them.
Again, it is proving a harmful competition and, after 13 games, they have just six victories.