Not another Champions League night to remember for Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane, as the Los Blancos could only muster a 2-2 draw to Club Brugge on a supposed easy Tuesday night.
Zidane may have gotten his Real Madrid side to the top of the La Liga table. But it will matter little to anyone if the Santiago Bernabeu fails to witness beyond the Champions League group stage for the first time in a very long time.
Paris Saint Germain were the first on the table, and despite not having the services of three of their most dangerous players, still tore Real Madrid to pieces.
And now Club Brugge? Three consecutive clean sheets, and all of a sudden two goals in first 40 minutes to a side they shouldn’t even have to worry about, just a couple of seasons ago.
Like Rik Sharma at Goal wrote, It’s one step forward, two steps back. That’s how it works at Real Madrid these days.
Eden Hazard isn’t making the cut anytime soon, but Club Brugge did cut the Real Madrid defense at will and no thanks to an 84th-minute red card to Brugge captain Ruud Vormer. The Los Blancos would probably never have leveled the scores before the final whistle, after Sergio Ramos had given his side a life line early in the second half.
From three-time Champions League winners to three home matches without a win. That’s how far Madrid have fallen.
Zinedine Zidane needs to find his winning formula for Real Madrid and quick. Or else, the manager may be left regretting his decision to return to the Los Blancos in the first place.