Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid - 5 talking points
Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw by Athletic Bilbao at the San Mames Stadium to further compound the woes of the La Liga giants.
Zinedine Zidane's side had the opportunity to close the gap on Barcelona for the second time this week after Ernesto Valverde's side were held to a 2-2 draw by Celta Vigo earlier in the week.
However, Los Blancos failed to capitalize on Barcelona dropping points as they were restricted to a 0-0 draw by Bilbao.
Here are the 5 biggest talking points from the goalless draw between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid:
#5 Real Madrid's ageing squad and Zinedine Zidane's quest for the perfect line-up
Real Madrid may have won back-to-back Champions League titles, thereby becoming the first team in the modern era to have done so, but Los Blancos' squad is ageing and it is showing in their performances this season.
Zinedine Zidane's men are no longer the most feared team on the planet, in fact, teams in Spain are very much equipped to handle what the Santiago Bernabeu outfit has to throw at them.
Zidane needs to identify his perfect line-up and stick by it, to ensure some consistency in the style of play. The Frenchman may be the most tactically flexible manager out there, but he has to ensure that his side is consistent if they are to get out of this slump.