I don’t know if it’s more serious that a team like CSKA Moscow scored a goal in the first minute or that in the 95 minutes that remained Real Madrid were not able to score at least one against the Russians.
I also do not know if it’s worse that there was a lack of concentration or a lack of accuracy, because it is hard to understand the lack of intensity that they went onto the pitch with after two consecutive setbacks.
As in Seville, or as against Atletico in the UEFA Super Cup, there was no tension or hunger.
Reaching three games in a row without scoring a goal when you have players of the level of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale can sometimes be an accident.
It can also be a coincidence that this Real Madrid side has the lowest goalscoring average of the last 10 years.But it doesn’t look like it is, especially when you think Bale scored 21 goals last season, Benzema 12 and Asensio 11.
Between the three they scored 44 and Cristiano Ronaldo added another 44 in 44 games. In football, coincidences aren’t looked into, debates are. Like the one of two weeks ago, when after the win over Roma people wondered if this side played better or worse without Ronaldo.
The question that needs to be asked is whether or not this team will be able to win tight matches like the one in Moscow without him, or if Asensio is going to assume the responsibility of solving nights like this without Bale on the pitch.
If Asensio will do it day after day, and not just once in a while.
With the team in an evident blip and with the casualties of Bale, Isco and Marcelo, it is hard to understand why Julen Lopetegui gave Sergio Ramos a rest and left him in Madrid, why he left Luka Modric on the bench or why the first change was not Mariano, who is the player who creates the most danger right now.
This Real Madrid team is not for experiments.