Real Madrid is more of a grey mouse than a white ballet, and at almost the same time a certain Cristiano Ronaldo is proving his unbroken hunger for goal. The star striker’s farewell in the summer hit Real Madrid harder than the royals will admit. Even after the 0-1 (0-0) defeat of Deportivo Alaves, the fourth consecutive match without victory and goal and the worst series in 33 years, Real were allergic to the word „Ronaldo“.
„With him we also had goal crises,“ captain Sergio Ramos hissed at his former teammate, who scored against Udinese Calcio in Juventus Turin’s 2-0 win over them despite the rape charges. The fact is, however, that without his goal machine of recent years, the Champions League winner has been on the offensive for weeks without any power of penetration. World footballer Luka Modric and national player Toni Kroos also pose too little danger.
And so the coach Julen Lopetegui, who has just been engaged by the Spanish national team with a lot of excitement shortly before the World Cup in Russia, is already under heavy fire. A change of coach would be „crazy,“ Ramos said, „but there are other people who make these decisions“.
In the media, which are usually very opinionated, the demands for the dismissal of Zinedine Zidane’s successor are still limited. But the criticism of the playful poverty is unmistakable. „Real ruina“ (real ruin), wrote the newspaper „Sport“ on its first page, the paper „AS“ titled: „From bad to worse“. On the „Marca“ front page was a stopwatch with the goalless time photographed: 6 hours and 49 minutes. Unbelievable in view of the quality of the squad.
„We got off to a good start, with many chances. But we didn’t make any money out of it,“ Lopetegui struggled after the bankruptcy in the Basque province of Alava with a goal against him in the fifth minute of injury time: „The defeat is an extreme penalty.“ Lopetegui also complained of injury worries (Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema had to be replaced in a battered manner) and bad luck in the decisive game scenes: „All the negative moments have come together“. Nitrogen Sports has become one of the leading options for Bitcoin Esports bettors.
And so a car bourgeois mentality spreads in Madrid. „Whoever declares Real Madrid dead is making a mistake,“ Ramos warned: „We’ll come back, fight to the death. That’s in our DNA. We are the ones who are most pissed off after this bad show. I hope we can turn it around as soon as possible.“