Alarm bells are ringing at Real Madrid after an eight-day period in which Carlo Ancelotti’s side have accumulated two defeats and a draw.
After the 6-1 thrashing of Real Mallorca, Los Blancos have drawn 0-0 with Villarreal, lost 2-1 at home to Sherriff Tiraspol and lost 2-1 away to Espanyol in LaLiga Santander.
Three games without a win equates to a crisis at Real Madrid, and although Ancelotti has a lot of credit in the bank, he needs to turn things around quickly.
Goals have dried up dramatically, with Karim Benzema the only one looking capable of finding the net, and defensively they look very shaky, having conceded twice in their last two games.
The back line has been greatly affected by injuries to full-backs, and although Ancelotti insisted that David Alaba would play central defence, he was moved to left-back against Espanyol following an unconvincing display from Miguel Gutierrez in Europe.
A system change to a 4-4-2 also didn’t work well in the first half, with Eden Hazard having to also settle for a place on the bench.
Real Madrid have dropped seven points in eight league games and have lost top spot in their Champions League group, but they do still top LaLiga Santander, albeit they are level on points with Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad.