Everything should be rosy at Real Madrid this season. They have a collection of some of the world's best footballers and arguably the world's best manager who together claimed the Spanish league title last season.
That triumph came after three years of dominance by bitter rivals Barcelona, who Real beat to the Spanish Super Cup at the start of the current campaign and also held to a 2-2 at the Nou Camp back in October.
They have already secured their path through to the knockout phase of the Champions League and have rarely had a better chance of securing their 10th European crown this term.
But it is not all going swimmingly at the Bernabeu this term. The defeat to Real Betis Saturday has left them 11 points behind league leaders Barca, and the team received a decidedly mixed reception from the home crowd during their Copa del Rey tie against Alcoyano on Tuesday.
Here are five reasons why Real Madrid are still falling short of their potential this season.