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5 reasons why Real Madrid have struggled this season

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Real Madrid under Zidane won the UEFA Champions League and the La Liga title last season and looked quite unbeatable winning 5 titles in 2017, the best ever year in Real Madrid's rich history. The team even when looking down was ignited by a spark of individual talent that they have in every position on the pitch.

However fast forward 6 months and Real Madrid find themselves in a rut. They are 16 points off the top in La Liga table sitting at the fourth position, have lost to Tottenham in UCL, finishing second in UCL group. Everything which could have possibly gone wrong has gone wrong for the European and World Champions.

So, what all has led to this massive collapse at the club. We take a look at the top five factors which have contributed to Madrid's poor showing this season.

#5 Profligacy in front of goal

Girona v Real Madrid - La Liga
Ronaldo and Benzema have struggled to score goals

Real Madrid has been known as one of the best-attacking sides in Europe. In the last 8 seasons, Real Madrid have scored more than 100 goals per season pointing to their deadly attacking ability.

However this season, Los Blancos has suffered in front of goal. After their record of scoring in 73 consecutive games ended in a 1-0 defeat against Betis at home, they have played 0-0 draws against Bilbao and Atletico Madrid too. Real Madrid has scored only 32 goals in first 17 games of La Liga pointing to the fact that they have been poor in front of goal.

Ronaldo and Benzema both have struggled to score in La Liga and Real Madrid as a team also haven't created enough clear-cut chances for them. This inefficiency in the attack has cost Real Madrid to no end and they need to find the answers quickly to savour the season.

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