The 2020/21 UEFA Champions League hasn’t been fun for Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid. The La Liga giants haven’t impressed as expected and are now in danger of being ousted from Europe’s elite competition to the Europa League.
What a sight this would be if it eventually materializes. When the group draws for this season’s UEFA Champions League were done, only a few would have seen Los Blancos struggling to make it to the next stage of the competition.
Considering opponents in the group, most would have tipped either Inter Milan or Borussia Monchengladbach to give them some trouble. Sadly, Shakhtar Donestk entered the fray.
After matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League, all four teams in the group are in danger of not making it past the group stage and none of them has been eliminated yet. Strange!
They have decent chances of progressing if they can take their destiny in their hands and amass all three points on matchday 6, except for Inter who may have to rely on results elsewhere even if they win.
Inter Milan were Real Madrid’s mincemeat and surprisingly, Real Madrid were Shakhtar Donetsk’s mincemeat.
The Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach top the group with 8 points, followed by Shakhtar Donetsk on 7, Real Madrid on 7, and Inter Milan on 5.
Madrid’s performance this season has been poor for a side of their stature. They’ve won 2, lost 2, and drawn 1. The two losses were to Shakhtar Donetsk at Santiago Bernabeu and away from home.
The recent form calls for worry as they’ve lost 3 of their last 5 games in all competitions. It can be recalled that they lost 2:1 to Alaves at the Bernabeu in La Liga last weekend.
Their last game in the group will see them welcome Borussia Monchengladbach at the Bernabeu and this should be fireworks as the Bundesliga outfit won’t want to be eliminated from the competition having led the log until the last matchday.
Meanwhile, with Real Madrid’s questionable form at home, it would be foolhardy to bet against the Germans being able to mount an upset on the day, that’s if it can still be called an upset.
Zidane’s men have shown that they are very much beatable at the Bernabeu and for a side of Monchengladbach’s quality, the Frenchman and his boys have their work cut out for them on the last matchday.
Honestly, I can’t imagine Real Madrid playing in the Europa League or the Bernabeu used to host competitive games against some of Europe’s minnows. Heads will roll at the Bernabeu if these scenarios come to fruition.
Regardless, Real Madrid are playing at home and have their future in their hands.
Their UEFA Champions League destiny is in their hands and they have the ability to pick themselves up and correct this wrong impression.
A club of Real Madrid’s quality should be nowhere near Europa League waters. Zidane and his men have no choice but to sit up.