Real Madrid need a miracle if they are to win the La Liga title this season.
Los Blancos really needed to defeat Barcelona on Saturday to stand a chance of becoming champions, but they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at the Bernabeu.
The result leaves them 12 points behind the Blaugrana with 12 matches remaining.
Life after Zinedine Zidane has proven to be tough for the Spanish giants. Zidane’s replacement, Julen Lopetegui, was sacked in October and they were knocked out of the Copa del Rey at the hands of Barcelona.
The Champions League represents their last chance of silverware but there are stronger teams still in the competition.
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But it’s not just Zidane’s departure that has unsettled Real; they are seriously missing Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar is proving with Juventus that he remains among football’s true elite players, scoring 19 goals in Serie A for the Old Lady.
Modric: We miss Cristiano Ronaldo
Only in his debut season in Madrid did Ronaldo fail to score at least 40 goals in all competitions. Real needed someone to step up and that hasn’t been the case.
Karim Benzema has scored 20 goals in all competitions but Luka Modric is aware that Los Blancos needed more.
Speaking ahead of Real’s Champions League fixture against Ajax, the Croatian midfielder admitted that Ronaldo is missed at the Bernabeu and that the plan to split the burden among the forwards hasn’t worked.
“Cristiano is a player that every team would miss. Looking for a replacement is almost impossible,” Modric said, per Marca.
"Of course we miss him, given everything he did for the club. What the club tried to do was divide the burden among the players, and that isn't easy.
"Cristiano scored 50 goals, and you can't find someone else who can do that.
"Some had to take a step forward, and though not score 50, but at least score 15-20, or even ten goals. This is what we are missing.
"Cristiano is not here, so we can't complain for the next ten years that we don't have him.
"The club has put faith in other players, like Gareth [Bale], [Marco] Asensio, Karim and has bought Mariano [Diaz] and Vinicius is doing well for his age. But sometimes things don't work out as we wont.”
The fact that Sergio Ramos is joint with Bale as the club’s second-highest goalscorer this season with 10 goals in all competitions is very telling.News Now - Sport News