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The worst Real Madrid in 20 years

Marcelo, cabizbajo en el Real Sociedad-Real Madrid de la 37ª jornada de LaLiga Santander disputado en Anoeta.

AMAIA ZABALO

DIARIO AS

Real Madrid have not lost 17 games since 1998-99 when Hiddink and Toshack had spells in charge and the season isn't even over yet.

The season is not over yet for Real Madrid but it might as well be having already equalled their worst record in the last two decades. After the Anoeta defeat, they now have 17 losses in 56 games this season. They haven't been beaten as many times in a single season for 20 years when Hiddink and Toshack spent time on the bench in 1998-99. They could yet set the all-time record for losses, which they set in 84-85 and again in 95-96 with 52 and 54 games played respectively when they lost 18 games.

In just one year, Real Madrid have suffered almost as many defeats as they in three years during Zidane's first spell (19). In his final year, he lost nine games and in the two previous only lost five in each campaign.

Double digit defeats for Real Madrid

Percentage of defeats in the last 21 seasons

Season Games Played Losses %
2018-2019 56 17 30.36%
2017-2018 62 9 14.52%
2016-2017 60 5 8.33%
2015-2016 52 5 9.62%
2014-2015 59 10 16.95%
2013-2014 60 6 10.00%
2012-2013 61 11 18.03%
2011-2012 58 5 8.62%
2010-2011 59 6 10.17%
2009-2010 48 7 14.58%
2008-2009 50 16 32.00%
2007-2008 52 14 26.92%
2006-2007 50 10 20.00%
2005-2006 52 12 23.08%
2004-2005 52 10 19.23%
2003-2004 59 14 23.73%
2002-2003 62 9 14.52%
2001-2002 66 16 24.24%
2000-2001 57 14 24.56%
1999-2000 65 14 21.54%
1998-1999 54 17 31.48%

In the last decade, Real Madrid have only reached double digit defeats in two seasons. They lost 11 games in Mourinho's final year (2012-13) and they lost 10 in Ancelotti's last year (2014-15).  

Real Madrid's 17 defeats this season

Date Competition Game Res
15-August. European Super Cup RM-Atlético 2-4*
26-September. Liga Sevilla-RM 3-0
2-October. Champions League CSKA-RM 1-0
6-October. Liga Alavés-RM 1-0
20-October. Liga Levante-RM 1-2
28-October. Liga Barcelona-RM 5-1
24-November. Liga Eibar-RM 3-0
12-December. Champions League RM-CSKA 0-3
8-January. Liga RM-Real Soc. 0-2
16-February. Copa del Rey Leganés-RM 1-0
17-February. Liga RM-Girona 1-2
27-February. Copa del Rey RM-Barcelona 0-3
2-March. Liga RM-Barcelona 0-1
5-March. Champions League RM-Ajax 1-4
3-April. Liga Valencia-RM 2-1
28-April. Liga Rayo V.-RM 1-0
12-May. Liga Real Soc.-RM 3-1

*After extra-time

The percentage of lost games is also at a decade high of 30.36%. They haven't experienced such a ratio since 2008-09 when, managed by Schuster and later by Juande Ramos, they lost 32% of the 50 games played (16 losses). since then, the percentage has never been higher than 20 and in three of those years was below 10. In 1998-99, that historically bad season, they lost 31.48% of their games - 17 losses in 54 games.

That same season, they lost 12 games and they have already currently lost 11. The worst they ever experienced was in 73-74 when they suffered defeat in 13 games. On six occasions in the club's history have they finished with 12 losses in the league.