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Six months and fourteen days after the bizarre elimination of Real Madrid at the hands of Ajax in the last edition of the Champions League, the team of the 13 European Cups returned to the scene in their fetish competition. And with his talisman coach, a Zinedine Zidane who still doesn't know what it's like to be defeated in a European qualifier. His return in March brought the faith back to a desolate Madrid, orphan of titles for the first time since 2015.
But the ghosts of the past have surfaced again. Specifically those of the previous year, when Madrid cried the march of Cristiano Ronaldo and did not find in his entire staff someone capable of assuming his scoring role. Yesterday, before a Paris Saint-Germain plagued with casualties, with Bale, Benzema and Hazard on the tip - the front that everyone had claimed for weeks -, the Chamartín team did not sign a single shot on goal (valid). Bale and Benzema were annulled two goals in the only two white approaches.
" We have lacked everything , but especially a lot of intensity. It is difficult to play at this level of competition when something is missing. Each divided ball was his," said Zidane, who is experiencing a prolongation of the nightmare that became the last months from the previous course: only two victories in five official matches .
That lack of intensity was appreciated in the first two goals of Parisians, both of Di Maria - the law of the former never fails. Courtois, slow with reflexes , neglected his stick and over there the devilish shoe of the Argentine slipped. They are not good times for the goalkeeper, who has some poor records: nine goals against in five games. In addition, to add more salt to the wound, Keylor Navas appeared in front, the goalkeeper Zidane rejected, free from work during the entire appointment.
But the Belgian was not the only one. The defense and the center of the field, still, did not find Di María in the action of the second goal. The 'Fideo', multiplied in functions before the low of the attack trident -Neymar, Mbappé and Cavani -, shot at ease from the front to the gaze of Militao - premiere as his own discrete headline - Kroos and James. Madrid again missed in the center of the back his captain, Sergio Ramos, sanctioned after recognizing in the first leg against Ajax having forced the yellow. The beds will be available on the second day, on October 1 before Bruges, where there will be no margin for error. Another skid would complicate even the second place of Group A.
" There are no excuses . We are on time to improve things," said Casemiro on the Movistar Plus microphones. And it is that in just four days, the whites clash head-on again against another tall rival, Sevilla by Julen Lopetegui, leader of LaLiga. We will see if the law of the ex is again fulfilled for a Real Madrid that begins to revive the ghosts of his last season.
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