Real Madrid’s comeback draw with Club Brugge on Tuesday may be considered a point gained given the circumstances, but it still leaves Los Blancos with their worst-ever start to a Champions League campaign.
Zinedine Zidane’s side found themselves two goals down at half-time after
During the 1995/96 campaign, Los Blancos started with a 1-0 defeat against Ajax, but they went on to win against Grasshoppers in their second game of the group stage. This occurred on four different occasions when losing their opening match was directly followed by victory.
Sitting rock bottom on their group, it means their next clash away at Galatasaray holds significant weight, with failure to secure a victory placing Zidane’s men in a perilous position with three games of the group remaining.
The Turkish side also sit on one point but boast a superior goal difference to Madrid. Following the match in Istanbul, the reverse of that clash will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu, two matches that could prove pivotal in the club’s hopes of qualifying to the knockout stages.