Last season after Bayern Munich had been dumped out of the Champions League by Real Madrid, fans and pundits alike started to believe no team would ever be able to defend their CL crown.
After all, Die Roten had been one of the most complete and dominant teams in an era filled with great teams like "Tiki-Taka" Barcelona and Mourinho led Inter among others.
They had romped home to wins both domestically and in Europe with relative ease. The reason was that they combined a fast counter-attacking style perfect for European football with a great team blessed with talent and a great manager of the likes of Jupp Heynckes.
This season, on the other hand, Bayern played possession based football under it's poster boy, Pep Guardiola and were ripped apart by the fast paced Galacticos over two legs which were more than enough to showcase the faults in their slow style.
However, Real Madrid themselves were overly dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo and if he failed to show up and fire them to a win like in their match against Borussia Dortmund, they lacked inspiration and finesse.
They were unable to dominate their opponents and made it to the semi-finals by the skin of their teeth.
One could say that when Ronaldo was injured, Madrid struggled for success. That holds for the near future as well.
Real Madrid needs CR7 because, even with their star studded lineup with it's Bale's, Di Maria's and Benzema's, it's their No. 7 who's the face of Los Blancos success and primary reason for their success.
Without him, Real are doomed to fail.
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