Whenever teams like Real Madrid, or any organization that expects to compete for championships every year, falls short of their ultimate goal, fans, players, management, and sportswriters alike look for reasons why.
Each of these constituencies voice their questions slightly differently—players sullenly grant interviews, management looks to shake the right pieces loose, fans depressively scan over their memories of the season, and sportswriters, well, we write lists like these.
In my last article, I gave out awards to the best players for Real Madrid during the 2010-2011 season: Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Özil were the big winners, along with Iker Casillas, Karim Benzema, and Marcelo (and Xabi Alonso definitely deserved something like a “Most Important Player” award).
Now, I’m looking back over the season for the worst performances, the goats—if you will—of los blancos’ 2010-2011 campaign.
While I would categorize the season as a success overall (second in the Liga, a Champions League Semi-Final berth, and the Copa del Rey title is pretty good on paper), there were certain players and certain moments that deserve negative critical acclaim.