Thus newish supervisor Santi Solari is bound to be feeling the warmth after the three-time protecting champions extremely misplaced Three-Zero at house to last-place CSKA Moscow in Crew G on Wednesday.
It used to be Los Blancos’ worst ever Eu defeat on the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and the primary time the Kings of Europe misplaced a gaggle degree sport at house since 2009.
Simply as unexpected used to be CSKA Moscow doing the double over Actual Madrid — profitable 1-Zero in Russia in October — but now not even completing in a Europa League place. CSKA used to be pipped via Plzen, which defeated the opposite group within the workforce already thru, Roma, 2-1.
That outcome will pile much more power on Roma boss Eusebio di Francesco, whose aspect are actually winless in 5 video games and blew a past due two-goal merit to Cagliari in Serie A final weekend. Most effective kind of seven months in the past di Francesco guided Roma to the semifinals.
Fielded younger squad
Although Solari — who changed Julen Lopetegui in October — fielded the youngest Actual Madrid aspect since 2005, the host nonetheless featured the likes of Karim Benzema, Marcelo, Isco and Marco Asensio. And Gareth Bale, he of the dazzling bicycle kick in opposition to Liverpool in final season’s ultimate, performed the entire 2nd part.
On Tuesday, Actual Madrid’s arch rival Barcelona additionally rested quite a lot of its regulars however nonetheless controlled a 1-1 draw with most likely more difficult opposition, Tottenham.
“I am down as a result of even though we have been thru we would have liked to complete the crowd with a win and we did not do this,” Solari, the previous Actual Madrid midfielder, used to be quoted as pronouncing via UEFA. “We began the sport neatly, particularly the primary 30-35 mins, however we were not excellent sufficient in both field they usually punished us.
“I did not like what I noticed in the second one part. It’s my activity to get the aspect in a position and I picked a tender workforce as of late, however this allowed them to get some mins into their legs and acquire revel in.”
By the point Bale got here on, CSKA led 2-Zero due to a 37th-minute strike from Fedor Chalov and 43rd-minute effort from Georgi Schennikov. Arnor Sigurdsson rounded out Actual Madrid’s distress within the 73rd minute.
CSKA was the primary group in 12 years, consistent with UEFA, to complete final in a gaggle regardless of accumulating a wholesome seven issues.
Early Christmas provide
“It is unhappy to mention the least to overcome Actual Madrid, earn seven issues, however end backside and get eradicated from Europe,” CSKA supervisor Viktor Goncharenko used to be quoted as pronouncing via UEFA. “However we handiest have ourselves accountable.
“After all, now we have made certain we’re going to spend the vacations in an ideal temper after this night’s win.”
Just one spot stays within the spherical of 16, to be stuffed via Shakhtar Donetsk or Lyon in Crew F.