REAL MADRID

Real Madrid's worst goal drought in 25 years

Real Madrid haven't registered such a poor striking tally in LaLiga since the 1993-1994 campaign with the absence of Cristiano keenly felt.

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Real Madrid's worst goal drought in 25 years
Rubén Albarrán PRESSINPHOTO/GTRES

The days when Real Madrid would leave their rivals for dead with hat-full of goals are becoming a thing of the past with Solari's men having bagged only 26 strikes in the current league campaign. Real Madrid's poorest 'goals for' stat since the 1993-94 season at this point.

"We're struggling to find the target", confessed Modric as many supporters at the Santiago Bernabeu start to turn their focus and frustration on the presidential box and the clubs shortcoming in failing to adequately replace Cristiano Ronaldo following his summer move to Juventus.

Cristiano at Real Madrid in 2017

The Portuguese's absence grows as the season progresses with Madrid bagging an average of 48 goals in the first 18 games of all league campaigns with the striker in the ranks of the Bernabeu outfit. The striker from Madiera is now Serie A capocannoniere with his unbeaten Juventus side whilst back in Madrid, top marksman Benzema (7 goals) has ten players ahead of him in the top scoring charts (Messi, Luis Suárez, Stuani, Iago Aspas, Ben Yedder, Borja Iglesias, André Silva, Griezmann, Roger and Maxi Gómez). Indeed both Messi and Luis Suárez have scored more goals (28) than the whole Real Madrid side together.

Real Madrid's dip

Approximately a year ago, Madrid were on a goal scoring record of hitting the target on 73 consecutive official matches. Under Zidane, his side needed just six strikes on target to score, this season that average drops to one goal in eleven shots.

Sergio Ramos (L) of Real Madrid CF and his teammate Karim Benzema (R) react as he leaves the pitch after loosing the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Sociedad

"Football is all about goals", lamented Solari after Sunday's home defeat to Real Sociedad. Despite the appointment of the Argentine coach to replace Julen Lopetegui. Solari's overall goal scoring record is only marginally better than that of the Basque coach (1.5 vs. 1.4 goals per match).

Madrid fans cling to the hope from recent performances that new signing Vinicius has delivered but with just over 20 days remaining in the 2019 winter transfer market, a new goal scoring source is a conundrum for the powers that be at Concha Espina...

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
4Alavés 31 9 4 5
5Real Madrid 30 9 3 6
6Betis 26 7 5 6
Full standing
Next matches
Betis - Real Madrid D-13/01 20:45
Real Madrid - Sevilla S-19/01 16:15
Espanyol - Real Madrid D-27/01 18:30
Fixtures

*Update 6 de enero de 2019