Madrid win 78% of their matches without the 'BBC'
When the attacking trio play the Real Madrid win percentage drops to 69%. The team have played more games without the 'BBC' (104 games) than with (86 fixtures).
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A casual look at recent Real Madrid statistics should be enough to quell the worries of any fan anxious on the impact that Gareth Bale's absence may have on the team. As a starter "Los Blancos" are more accustomed to starting games without the attacking trio (104 games) than with (86 matches) despite the Portuguese, French and Welsh player being ‘non-negotiable’ or ‘the best' for Ancelotti, Benítez and Zidane. Injury problems have meant that the trident haven't played together as much as the respective coach's would have wanted but the overall outcome results-wise when the trio don't play together for Real Madrid is: 78% win-rate, 11,5% drawn games and 10,5% of games ending in defeat. Evidence that the team is well capable of performing without the BBC.
Digging deeper into the statistics, when the trio play together, Real Madrid have a tendency to concede more goals, leaking 0,95 goals per game as opposed to 0,64 when they are absent, a reflection on the often aimed criticism about their respective lack of defending. The other side of the coin is on their attacking prowess which is their combined forte. With the BBC, Real Madrid score an average of 2,91 goals per game and manage 2,06 without them.
Looking at the team's performance without the Welsh international, with the 139 games played with Bale, Madrid have won on 99 occasions, drawn 21 times and suffered defeat in 19 games with 330 goals for and 112 goals against in these fixtures. With Gareth Bale absent, Madrid have only lost 3 of the 51 games the Cardiff born player has missed and one of these the infamous Copa del Rey game against Cadiz last season. The "Bale-less" Madrid team won on 41 occasions with 7 draws bagging 191 goals and shipping 53. Stats. that Zidane will certainly be encouraged to read as he prepares for a period of time with out the Welsh international and by default will be without the non-negotiable BBC trio in attack for Real Madrid.
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