Real Madrid’s season has been one of continuing frustration (AP).

The Bernabeu Blues: How Real Madrid fell from Champions League winners to domestic turbulence

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Real Madrid have endured a turbulent time on and off the field since beating Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at their timeline of woe.

Five days after victory in Kiev, Zinedine Zidane, having guided the club to three successive Champions League titles, announces he is standing down.

Real spark a row with the Royal Spanish Football Federation by announcing Spain national team boss Julen Lopetegui will take over as their coach after the World Cup. The RFEF responds by sacking Lopetegui the following day and he takes up the Bernabeu post immediately.

Five-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo, scorer of a remarkable 450 goals in 438 appearances for Real, quits the Bernabeu for Juventus in a deal worth around £100million.

Lopetegui’s reign gets off to a losing start as they are beaten 4-2 by city rivals Atletico Madrid in the European Super Cup match in Tallinn.

After opening their LaLiga campaign with three successive wins, Real drop their first points of the season as they require an Isco equaliser to claim a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

Zinedine Zidane (right) celebrated Champions League success for just five days before quitting Real in the summer

Real’s season takes a dramatic downturn as they are thrashed 3-0 at Sevilla, the start of a dismal run of five defeats in seven games in all competitions.

A 1-0 defeat at Alaves sees Real fail to score for a fourth successive game.Cristiano Ronaldo left a huge void after leaving the Bernabeu

Real are beaten 2-1 at home by Levante and reports begin to circulate that Lopetegui is facing the sack.

Real are thrashed 5-1 by Barcelona, with Luis Suarez scoring a hat-trick. It proves the final straw for Lopetegui, who is sacked the following day.

After overseeing four successive wins as caretaker boss, Lopetegui’s replacement Santiago Solari suffers a 3-0 defeat at Eibar in his first match in permanent charge.Julen Lopetegui was sacked by both Spain and Real in the space of four months

Real suffer their heaviest home defeat in Europe as they are beaten 3-0 by CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

They still progressed to the last 16 as group winners, however.

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