Worst run since Di Stéfano days
One La Liga title in eight years. That is the worrying statistic doing the rounds at Real Madrid right now as the club struggles to comprehend why, season after season, the team seem to drop off the pace in the title race. The club also has little faith in a miraculous comeback this season and expects to continue its second worst title drought ever when the season draws to a close in May.
The Bernabéu club has not been through anything like this since it went 17 seasons without a league title between 1933 and 1953, and can only look on in fear and trepidation as almost every title it misses out on seems to end up in the trophy cabinet at the Camp Nou. If, as expected, Barcelona go on to lift the title this season, they will cut Los Blancos’ lead over the Catalans, in terms of La Liga crowns, to just eight (32 to 24), when seven years ago that lead was 13.
Real Madrid’s current crisis of form is similar to what happened to the club early in the 1990s when Barcelona won four straight La Liga titles. However, back then Los Blancos still managed to win more silverware: two titles in seven years. In addition to that, league titles were not lost in the same way. During that trophy drought, ‘Los Blancos’ let two league titles slip on the last day of the season, both against Tenerife.
Real Madrid’s current situation is far worse because, not only are they not winning the title, they are often losing it as early as February. It is the way that the team seem to give up on the title race that angers club members the most, as they no longer look forward to their Sunday trips to the stadium.