The Recent Lack Of Form By Real Madrid

Andrew GaleaContributor IMarch 11, 2010

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 10:  Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid chats with teammate Guti (L) before taking a free kick during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 2nd leg match between Real Madrid and Olympique Lyonnais at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 10, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid supposedly a top tier European team continues it struggle of winning in European competition. Just 24 hours ago, Real Madrid was simply knocked out by the faithful hands of Lyon.  

The lost for Madrid was an unacceptable one.  It proved to showcase that spending money during the off season does not bring a team success in any competition.  Ronaldo ( 80 million pound record transfer) promised that they would win a majority of the tournaments this season, embarrassed, they have been knocked out of two competitions already.  Kaka ran off the pitch insulting the coach.  Only having to win the La Liga left on the table. The goalie of Madrid stated the team needs to remain calm along with strength.

It has been 6 years straight that Madrid has been victimise in the round of 16 knock out stage to such teams as: Juventus,BayernMunich,Roma,Arsenal,Liverpool and now Lyon.

The first half of the 2nd leg game of last night was looking wonderful for the team.  1 -0 up just a few minutes into the match.  It looked like they had the edge on Lyon, but not finishing chances, sloppy plays and no team effort in the 2nd half only brought a stunned looked on the players faces and fans around the world.  Lyon scored with 15 minutes left in the match to secure the victory and advance to the round of 8 knock out stage.

Real Madrid really need to start going back to the basics which is going back to the youth system.  Players who want to play and not just show up to the pitch without caring.  Madrid in my mind has to re-examine thier hearts, and go back to the drawing board where just playing for La Liga is not good enough at this point in Football. All the talk before the season competitions are meaningless, they always prove to fail in champions league competition over the previous years.