Real Madrid have already fallen behind arch-rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid after just eight games.
The Spanish giants haven't been the dominant team, everyone expected them to be. In fact, they were close to losing more than once.
Two weeks ago Madrid were level with Elche, but in the 96th minute the referee awarded them a penalty for a "foul" against Pepe. It was clearly seen in real-time that there was absolutely no foul, but Cristiano Ronaldo didn't care and made it 2-1.
This was a pure robbery against Elche.
Last week, Atletico Madrid showed how to play against Los Merengues and won 1-0 against Real.
On Saturday, Levante were leading 2-1 against Los Blancos in the 89th minute. Again it was Cristiano Ronaldo, who had to save Real and scored the match-winner, after Alvaro Morata had leveled the sides.
This time there weren't any controversial decision, but it showed that Real can't identify their style under Carlo Ancelotti. They are unsure, although they have 19 points from 24 possible.
Ancelotti promised Real will play entertaining football, but as Marca's headline said after Real's loss against Atletico "When are we going to start, Carlo?”
It has to be soon, as the first El Clasico is after around two weeks and Barcelona could easily extend the gap to eight points, if Los Merengues play like they played in their last three games.
Yet some players have to improve. Sami Khedira, Alvaro Arbeloa and Fabio Coentrao haven't played at the top of their game and fans are starting to turn on them.
Maybe it's time for Real to show some faith in the youth, just like Ancelotti did on Saturday when he subbed in Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez, who overturned and won the game for Los Merengues.
These two have to stay and be given a chance and not be shown the door like many talented players before them.
Maybe it's time for Benzema to be given a rest as he is misfiring this season. With four goals in 10 games, the Frenchman could have done better, although he is working very hard for the team.
Maybe he needs to be given a rest and Alvaro Morata should play two-three games as a starter.
“We’re not playing well and many things are missing,” said Ronaldo last week, “but there’s no reason to become too dramatic.”
And Ronaldo is right- there are a lot of new faces at the Bernabeu, who need time to gel, but this needs to happen in the near future.
When Real Madrid play at their best they can trash any team, as they did against Galatasaray with the 6-1 victory. But when they have a bad day, the can struggle against teams like Elche.
Madrid will be there or thereabouts, like they are every year. They’ll beat any team in the world when they play well, but that’s just not good enough for a club who buy the best and expect the best.
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