Real Madrid’s recent La Liga struggles continued on Saturday night with a 0-0 draw against Athletic Bilbao.
The champions have found it more difficult than usual to break down opposing defences this season, with the lack of goalscoring form of all their top dogs, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Bemzema, raising eyebrows.
Currently Los Blancos sit eight points behind league leaders Barcelona in fourth place and appear to be playing catch-up. As we head for the turn of the year a drastic improvement is needed if the pacesetters from Catalonia are to be caught.
While Barca were held to a draw with Celta Vigo before Madrid’s kick-off on Saturday evening, Zinedine Zidane’s side failed to capitalise on the opportunity to close the gap between themselves and their rivals. Ronaldo and Benzema again missed chances to find the net, which has become a worrying recurring theme for the European champions this season.
The discipline of the side was also brought into question due to the actions of captain Sergio Ramos, and not for the first time. Ramos was sent-off for the second time this season after picking up two yellow cards against Bilbao, receiving his marching orders in the 86th minute for leading with his elbow in an aerial challenge.
The red card sees the Spanish centre-half crowned as the most red-carded player in La Liga history with a staggering total of 19. He was previously tied on 18 early showers with ex-Barcelona and Sevilla defender Pablo Alfaro and Real Zaragoza legend Xavi Aguado. In total, it was Ramos’ 24th career sending off.
Sergio Ramos now has the most red cards in La Liga history! pic.twitter.com/y2UFSK5zCe
— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 2, 2017
Sergio Ramos last night received his 19th red card in La Liga. His 24th overall for Real Madrid. Fair play. pic.twitter.com/QMg71JVd40
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 3, 2017