5 Things We Learnt From Real Madrid’s UCL Loss

Dutch team, Ajax gave us a five-star display at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night when they sensationally overturned a first leg home deficit to triumph over European champions Real Madrid. Thus, they successfully ended the Spanish giant’s 3-year dominance in the UEFA Champions League and piled more misery on their already very poor season. With this loss, Real Madrid have lost all real hope of getting their hands on silverware this season, a terrible return for a club of their status.

This season will definitely be one the Real Madrid fans and player will want to quickly forget. They have hit new all-time lows and produced some stunningly disappointing displays over the course of the season. This champions league exit is the first time that have been knocked out of the competition at this stage in 13 years, and it’s also the first time they have lost 3 consecutive matches at home. One thing they can do though is to take their lessons from the season and start planning on how to perform better in the coming season. And it seems they are already doing that as reports have started flying around that they are already searching for a replacement for current manager, Santiago Solari.

So while they are doing that, here are 5 lessons we learnt from their loss on Tuesday night:

  1. Ramos is their only real light in defense

Their captain’s absence was so evident in the game as their fairly solid defense was torn apart by Ajax players show of brilliance. Ramos’s replacement, Nacho Fernandez struggled all through the game and was eventually shown a red card before the match ended.

  1. The coach doesn’t know what he is doing

Having now lost 4 of his last 5 games in charge, Santiago Solari is a man in distress. His tactics have been all over the place with his team selection causing many fans to worry. The Argentine seems to be way in over his head.

  1. The players have lost faith in themselves

Poor body language, no real push to finish moves accurately and passing blame on each other, these were the tell tale signs of low self confidence on display on Tuesday. It’s not hard to see that the Real Madrid Players seem to have lost the stuff that made them 3-tme back-to-back champions of Europe.

  1. The team has lost its fear factor

There is no fear to play Real Madrid now. Even some of the lowest ranked La Liga teams have gone to the Bernabeu and come away with favorable results. In fact, I believe teams now plot happily on how to collect points from the Real Madrid.

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo remains irreplaceable to them.

At the start of the season, many looked eagerly on how Real Madrid will survive without their former talisman, Cristiano  Ronaldo. Well, they didn’t. Even with exciting talents like Vinicius Jr, Brahim Diaz and Mariano Diaz joining their ranks, they are not yet remotely close to finding a replacement for the Portuguese superstar.

Do you think Real Madrid can overcome their difficulties and do better next season?



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