Real Madrid certainly haven't had things easy in 2018/19.
The Champions League holders progressed through their group in Europe's premiere competition, but suffered two defeats to CSKA Moscow in the process.
The 3-0 loss at home to the Russian side was a huge blow for Santiago Solari.
However, Los Blancos managed to avoid another embarrassing defeat against La Liga's leakiest defence, beating Rayo Vallecano this afternoon.
Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the game, with Thibaut Courtois making a sensational double save right at the end of the game.
Marco Asensio had another frustrating game, while Isco was made to sit on the bench after his clash with the fans in the defeat to CSKA.
And Real also set an unwanted 25-year record in the win over Vallecano, one which will certainly concern Solari.
That's right, this is the lowest scoring Real Madrid team after 16 La Liga games since the 1993/94 season, where Los Blancos finished fourth in the table.
Scoring lots of goals has been commonplace at the Bernabeu for some time now, so it's concerning to see such a statistic.
Barcelona have managed 41 goals in just 15 games, to put things into perspective.
After the game, Raphael Varane praised Real's attitude against Vallecano.
"To win you have to suffer and Thibaut (Courtois) saved us at the end, but we are very happy with the result and the attitude show on the pitch, that was very good," said Varane to beIN Sports, per Sport.
"We had the chance to kill the game off in the first half but we didn't do it. After that we defended well, together and we earned the three points which is the most important thing."
Varane clearly knows that Real are far off their best.
Los Blancos jet off for the Club World Cup next week, with their first game coming on Wednesday against Kashima Antlers.