Football has no memory. Neither recent nor back in time. Now everyone points to those who aren’t there to justify Real Madrid’s poor results in the last three games. There is talk of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals, the wisdom of Zinedine Zidane and even the passes and quality of James Rodriguez, but we forget that each and every one of them wanted to abandon Real Madrid with their contracts in date and that’s what they did. Even the departure of some of them was halted months earlier in an initial attempt to leaveLos Blancos and that was achieved by the same person that has presided over the club in the conquest of the last five Champions League titles.
Two weeks ago there was talk of a Real Madrid team that was crushing their rivals. A side that played differently, as a team, without thinking of anyone in particular, but for everyone. Three games later (Espanyol were beaten by Julen Lopetegui’s players despite not playing well), no one remembers what happened against Roma in the opening game of the Champions League or that the team share LaLiga Santander’s top position with Barcelona.
A year ago, with Ronaldo on the field and Zidane on the bench, Los Blancos struggled in the European competition, losing against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, and being seven points behind Barcelona at LaLiga Santander; a competition in which they underachieved. On the other hand, in the Champions League everyone already knows what happened, as they won it for the third consecutive time.
A year ago, Cristiano Ronaldo was finished and Zidane was bored in the dugout – at least that was what everyone said – but twelve months later and with better prospects in the league, Madrid seem to mourn their absences. They are and will be irreplaceable, but this Real Madrid are the same as fifteen days ago when they were admired and even applauded (here as well) for the direction taken after the goodbye of their two reference points in recent years. They are history and they no longer score goals or lead the team. The law of football.
Julen Lopetegui is in charge of leading a group from which a lot is expected, but in the last three games have been unable to score a goal, something that worries everyone because it’s common for Los Blancos. You can question any of the coach’s decisions, especially for not being very logical, but the final exam will come later. It’s early and we have to wait, although it doesn’t look good. Don’t think about drastic solutions by any means.
By the way, Mariano hasn’t come to replace CR7. The coach wanted a striker and the Real Madrid former player got in the way, in an operation that was considered interesting. He isn’t Ronaldo and his role won’t be to make everyone forget a player who wanted to leave, without bringing in a replacement. Without him on the pitch, the team suffers in terms of goals scored.