Real Madrid haven’t made a great start to 2019.
Already with work to do to catch La Liga leaders Barcelona, Santiago Solari’s side drew 2-2 at Villarreal in their first match of the year despite leading 2-1 with 10 minutes to go.
And on Sunday, they were beaten 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad.
It’s Real Madrid’s sixth defeat in 18 league matches and any hope they have of reeling Barcelona in is seemingly over.
It’s been a difficult season at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Julen Lopetegui being sacked in October and Solari failing to make an impact since taking over.
Life after Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane is proving to be more difficult than most people thought.
Willian Jose and Ruben Pardo scored the goals to hand Real Sociedad all three points.
Real Madrid fans were left fuming
Yet Los Blancos have every right to feel aggrieved that they weren’t awarded a penalty with the score at 1-0.
Vinicius Jr., making his first start in the league, was felled inside the box by Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.
The referee didn’t award a penalty but Real Madrid supporters fully expected him to consult VAR.
But that moment never came. The game continued and 20 minutes later, the visitors doubled their lead.
Real Madrid fans were simply furious that they weren’t awarded a spot-kick and that the ref didn't consult VAR.
The game could have finished very differently had a penalty been given.
There would have been plenty of time for them to score a winner.
But their hopes of getting back into the match were dealt a blow when Lucas Vazquez was shown a second yellow card in the 61st minute of the match.
The 27-year-old ripped his shirt as he left the pitch but the damage was already done.
This Real Madrid side clearly has work to do. As things stand, they aren’t even in the automatic Champions League qualification spots.