Real Madrid: Failed to survive after the departure of Zidane and Ronaldo

Defeated at home in the first leg, Ajax Amsterdam crushed Real Madrid, title holder, in the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.


It’s a thunder blow to Real Madrid. The defending champion was eliminated on their own turf by the dutch outfit. Beaten in the first leg 2-1, the Dutch gave a lesson of football to Real Madrid in Santiago Bernabeu by winning 4-1.

The first season of Santiago Solari at the head of Real turned into a nightmare for the Blancos, dropped in the La Liga and eliminated in the King’s Cup. This is the first time since 2010 that Real will be absent from the semi-finals of the Champions League. Three-time champions of the competition in the last three years, the Madrid club have not survived the departure of Zinedine Zidane first, then that of Cristiano Ronaldo. Worse, Florentino Perez failed to maintain a team that remained on eight consecutive semifinals in the Champions League.

Madrid, failure as a team

Tuesday, there was one who had to bite his fingers, from stand, Sergio Ramos, suspended after voluntarily taking a yellow card for future quarter-final, had to ruminate. Ramos’s absence, who made a big game in the first leg, made a great difference. Faced against Ajax, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro were only the shadow of themselves, like Raphael Varane. And this season, Gareth Bale won’t be able to say that he is doing better, and Sergio Ramos too. Isco, impressive under Zinedine Zidane, now warms on the sidelines, and where the individualities of the Real were in tune to shine a balanced and welded collective in the last few seasons, the dry failure did not wait very long to be felt. Madrid had not experienced this type of elimination in eighths of nine years.

Cristiano, the X factor

“Of course we miss Cristiano. He would be missed by any team. To replace him is almost impossible.”

Luka Modric said this after the defeat against Ajax, was right. Impossible to replace Cristiano, and Karim Benzema swears that he feels better, the absence of the Portuguese was felt in the game. The surface game was poor, no one is at the conclusion of large-scale actions and Real also seems to have lost the immunity that never made them doubt. The state of mind of the five-time Golden Ball was precious. And if Sergio Ramos and Co. are great leaders, this attack was lacking in the game. Benzema is one of them, too, but this team is indeed an orphan without CR7.

Zidane, the management

Zinedine Zidane decided to leave the ship who certainly felt the wind turn, and it is understandable. But the question arises as to the quick decision to associate with Julen Lopetegui, the heavy end in October and to choose, in place of former Spain coach, inexperienced Santiago Solari. Solari signed an excellent debut, and it is important to report it, allowing Real to regain his place in the top 3 in Liga and to address new appointments with strong choices. Solari allowed the observers to discover Vinicius Jr and Sergio Reguilon, two satisfactions, but the disillusionment with Ajax will inevitably leave traces, especially with two Clasico against Barca lost in less than a week. According to Spanish media, Florentino Perez was already looking out to find a new coach, and after the melodrama of elimination? Surely yes.

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