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Villarreal Stun Struggling Real Madrid At Bernabeu

16 January, 2018, 01:19 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Upbeat Real Madrid look to secure 3 important points against Villarreal after Numancia draw

Given just how prolific Ronaldo has been for Real since joining the club from United in 2009 for a then-world-record £80 million fee, his woes in front of goal this term have been remarkable.

On Saturday Villarreal beat Madrid 1-0 for a second successive home league defeat.

A shock home defeat by Villarreal, followed by Barcelona's comeback win against Real Sociedad means Los Blancos are 19 points behind the league leaders.

So what has been the cause of Los Blancos sudden regression compared to their rivals and, indeed, compared to last season? They are now in fourth place, also behind city rivals Atletico as well as Valencia.

Barcelona's talisman has lost some of his pace but is as deadly as ever, leading the scoring charts in Spain with 17 league strikes.

The visitors scored what would prove to be the only goal of the game in the 27th minute.

Fornals clipped home his 87th-minute victor just after it looked like Enes Unal had fluffed his team's chance to snatch the three points after a blistering counter-attack following a Real Madrid corner.

Despite turning 33 next month, Ronaldo is still valued at around £100m but his wages would be the biggest obstacle for the Red Devils - with the forward searching for close to £500,000-a-week. And to make matters worse one of Barca's stars had rubbed salt into the wound.

On paper Madrid's squad is still strong but when the key performers are misfiring, the team as a whole suffers.

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Real's Ronaldo and Luka Modric react as Villarreal celebrate their first win at the Bernabeu.

However, while they may become crucial in the future, the first team itself was not improved.

REAL MADRID are in trouble - and Zinedine Zidane seems incapable of turning things around.

It's hard to believe that a man who has led Real Madrid to two Champions League titles and who previous year saw them to a domestic and European double could be in danger of losing his job, but football can be cruel and at the ever-demanding Real Madrid it can be crueler than anywhere else.

However during that period he was praised for his man management, rather than his technical and tactical skills. "I can't criticise my players for anything".

Madrid was coming off its second straight Champions League title and appeared in good position to defend its Spanish league trophy.

"The players will not drop their arms", he added of his squad.

Girona reached ninth place in the 20-team standings.

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