After heading into Tuesday night’s Champions League last 16 clash against Ajax 2-1 up, the expectation was that Real Madrid would safely book their passage into the quarter-finals of the competition.
Instead, in one of their most humiliating exits in European competition, Los Blancos lost 4-1 at home to well and truly end their modern era dominance of the Champions League.
Seven days, three home defeats, 8-1 aggregate score, all three competitions gone, one after the other, cup, league, European Cup, season over on 5 March, the day before their birthday…probably the worst week Real Madrid have ever had.
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) March 6, 2019
Having lost both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, many Madrid fans would have anticipated that this season would be slightly more transitional, but very few could have imagined the absolute free-fall the club would slip in to.
The defeat to Ajax now means that Madrid have lost four consecutive games at their famed Santiago Bernabeu for just the third time in their history; with the other two occurring in 1995 and 2004.
Santiago Solari’s side’s abysmal home form in recent weeks has only served to heighten the calls of radical change being needed at the club, with fans at the Bernabeu notoriously demanding of their players.
The club’s latest defeat may mark the ending of the old era and the beginning of a new one, with reports suggesting that Jose Mourinho has already been lined up as Solari’s successor, along with Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.