Real Madrid's 5 Worst Results This Season so Far

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2013

Real Madrid's 5 Worst Results This Season so Far

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    Real Madrid are a club who seem in crisis with their on-pitch results. They have failed utterly to live up to expectations this season as reigning La Liga champions with their globally-known manager and players not delivering the goods.

    Only third in the table at the halfway point and a whopping 18 points behind league leaders and eternal rivals Barcelona, their position is made all the more infuriating by the fact the team separating Real from Barça are none other than city rivals Atletico Madrid.

    Atleti are enjoying their best season since the title triumph of 1995-96, while Real face falling outside of the top two places for the first time since 2003-04.

    Four draws and four defeats in La Liga have been bad enough, but Real have also suffered a pair of defeats in Europe and another draw in each of the Champions League and the Copa del Rey.

    Here are the five worst results for Jose Mourinho's team so far this season.

Joint 5th: Any Visit to Andalucia

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    Away defeats happen. That's just a sad fact of football life.

    Real Madrid have been largely impressive at home in La Liga, as they are undefeated in their nine matches. But away from the Santiago Bernabeu they have been woefully inadequate compared to Barcelona's 10 wins in 10 games away from the Nou Camp.

    Visits to Andalucia this season have been particularly disappointing.

    Real were beaten by both Sevilla and Real Betis by a single goal, 1-0 both times.

    Sevilla are severely underperforming, lying just six points above the relegation zone and down in 13th place this season so that was bad enough. But Betis are pushing hard for a Champions League spot in fourth.

    The Betis match took place in November. Since then they have closed the gap to Real Madrid a little more to just three points now.

    One final miserable visit to the region of Andalucia took place in late December when Real were beaten 3-2 by an impressive Malaga. Los Boquerones are currently sixth in La Liga and three points behind Betis.

4th: Borussia Dortmund at Home in the Champions League

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    Having tasted defeat in Germany in the Group D Champions League clash, Real Madrid needed a win by two goals at home to Borussia Dortmund to be able to reclaim top spot.

    They got the two strikes they required thanks to Pepe and a late Mesut Ozil strike, but Dortmund scored two of their own to share the spoils.

    There was still much to play for in the group with two games apiece to play, but this match was Real's chance to regain the upper hand.

    A draw at Manchester City and a win over Ajax yielded a total of 11 points, but Dortmund won both their remaining fixtures to finish with 14.

    Had Real won by two at home instead of drawing, they would have gone through as top of the group on the head-to-head rule.

    In the first knock out round, Real Madrid will now play Manchester United while Dortmund face Shakhtar Donetsk.

3rd: Copa Del Rey Defeat to Celta Vigo

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    Despite Jose Mourinho naming a very strong team for the Copa del Rey clash against Celta Vigo in early December, Real Madrid were defeated 2-1 by the Galician team.

    With the league title already looking a forlorn hope by this point, only cup glory remained as a likely prospect for Madrid and the strong side put out by the manager indicated their intentions to go as far as possible.

    This humbling defeat at the hands of Celta Vigo, who currently lie just two points and two places above the drop zone in La Liga, gave Real a big shock.

    The defeat would have ranked at second-worst overall had it not been for a magnificent overhaul in the second leg; Real trampled Celta 4-0 in the return match, thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick and a late strike from Sami Khedira.

2nd: Late Home Draw to Troubled Espanyol

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    December was not kind to Jose Mourinho and his team.

    Following the defeat by Celta Vigo and prior to the loss at Malaga, Real Madrid suffered a hugely frustrating home draw to lowly Espanyol.

    Real fell behind to a Sergio Garcia goal but quick strikes from either side of half time by Portuguese duo Ronaldo and Fabio Coentrao looked to have set the reigning title holders back on track.

    Time after time the home side had chances to end the game and wrap up the three points. Between them, the Real players had an astounding 29 shots at goal, nine of them from Ronaldo and one of which hit the woodwork from Luka Modric, but the third goal simply never came.

    Two minutes from time, Juan Albin popped up to put the ball past Iker Casillas and deprive Real of two costly points.

1st: Failure to Score Against the League's Bottom Club

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    The latest nail in the ever-closing coffin of Real Madrid's season came on Saturday as the champions were held to a scoreless draw by La Liga's bottom club, Osasuna.

    Real couldn't even point to a host of missed chances this time, as Osasuna hit 13 shots to Real's nine, with two on target for the hosts and just a single effort testing Osasuna's keeper from Real.

    The possession was evenly-split as Osasuna completed a greater percentage of their passes and also won more corners than Real Madrid.

    To make matters worse, substitute Kaka came on just shy of the hour mark and lasted two minutes before getting booked, and a quarter of an hour later he was sent off having been shown a second yellow to leave his team with 10 men for the remaining 15 minutes.

    Osasuna have picked up a measly 15 points this season, winning just three times all campaign, but the point earned against Real will give them real conviction going forward.

    For Real Madrid themselves, it was just the latest and worst of a season of disappointing results.


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