La Liga 2017/18: 5 things that are going wrong for Real Madrid this season
The first team to win the UEFA Champions League twice in consecutive years, everyone started to believe that Real Madrid would run through their opponents this season especially after their triumph in the UEFA Super Cup and subsequent humiliation of Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.
But, three months down the road and after 12 league games and four Champions League ties, the team find themselves third in the league table with 24 points, 10 fewer than leaders Barcelona. The team that hardly lost under their manager Zinedine Zidane in the last season and a half, have lost to the likes of Real Betis and Girona, yes, Girona, who were promoted to the top-tier only this season.
In Europe, the two-time defending champions are second in their group, courtesy their loss to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month. It is clearly evident that something is wrong with the Los Blancos.
Let us take a look at five things that have gone wrong for Zidane and co. this season.
#5 Players lacking motivation
The current lot of players have tasted enormous success in the last two seasons, winning the La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, two Champions League titles in two years, two European Super Cups and possibly two consecutive Club World Cups.
In the above-mentioned duration, the core players remained the same and achieved everything that was possible for a Real Madrid player to achieve. With nothing else to achieve (Copa del Rey being the exception), the players are lacking motivation and that is clearly evident in the way they are playing.
Only a few players have turned up at the start of the season while the players who were vital to the team's success in the last 24 months, the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo have flattered to deceive thus far. Zidane will hope that the players will start contributing sooner rather than later so that Madrid can get back to winning ways soon.