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Real Madrid: Road to the eventual fall of the champion (Analysis)

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Real’s CL results since start of 2015-16: 

WWDWWWWWLWDWDWDWDWDWWWWWLWWWDLWWWWWLWDWWLWWWLWL -Having this kind of record, Fans Alive Africa looks at few major points that may have contributed to the end of era.



Absence of Ronaldo, 

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the highest goals during the spell but no more in the team without a replacement that could close the gap a bit, followed by Karim Benzema who has lost form now, Gareth Bale who now start almost all matches from the bench, then Acencio, Marrcelo who is also mostly benched now, then Casemiro. Ramos, Morata and Vazquez at the same level

Absence of Ramos

Real Madrid have lost three out of the five games played this season without Ramos, drew one and won one. His absence in the match against Ajax whether deliberate or not was a big blow, because he is always a factor.

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Absence of ZIZO

Zinedine Zidane who managed the team through the dominating era was said to have understand the pressure of playing as a champion and as a Galaticos was however probably the first to notice the end of the era, considering the lucks Real Madrid enjoyed last season both against Juventus second leg and Liverpool at the final. So he left quickly, when the ovation was loud.

Benching the dogs for cats

Santiago Solari inherited a patched team with wrong policies from Juan Lopetegui (who i believed is cursed by Spain for what he did just before the 2018 World Cup) and did not change many of it. One of it is relegating persons like Marcelo, Isco and Bale to bench, at a time that experience is needed.

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So,

Real Madrid’s 1,011-day reign as European champions is over, since two years, nine months and five days since they beat fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid in the 2016 final in Milan, they have finally been eliminated from Europe’s premier club competition after three titles in a row.

Santiago Solari’s team saw their 2-1 first-leg lead overturned in emphatic fashion, as Dutch side Ajax claimed a stunning and deserved 4-1 victory at the Bernabeu.

Despite only being in charge for 113 days, Solari has overseen Real’s two heaviest home Champions League defeats, with this coming after the 3-0 defeat by CSKA Moscow in December.

And Tuesday’s exit comes six days after they were eliminated from the Copa del Rey by fierce rivals Barcelona, whom they trail by 12 points in La Liga.

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Tottenham appoint Mourinho as New Coach

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Tottenham Hotspur had experienced a woeful start in their domestic league, the club board of directors has terminated Mauricio Pochettino four years deal.

Jose Mourinho signed a three-year contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Tottenham sit 14th in England’s top flight after picking up just three wins from their opening 12 games and were eliminated from the League Cup in September by fourth-tier Colchester United.

Speaking on his appointment, Mourinho said: “I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”

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Brazil win U17 World cup after beating Mexico

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Brazil bags another remarkable win to tally its Under-17 World Cup trophy by beating Mexico.

The host team, Brazil leaves it late to triumphed a 2-1 win at the Bezerrao stadium.

thanks to Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ 93rd-minute goal to made the difference.

Mexico – winners of the showpiece tournament in 2005 and 2011 – looked on track to add a third title to their collection when Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan headed home the opener in the 66th minute.

But Brazil, playing in front of legends Ronaldo and Cafu, rallied courtesy of Kaio Jorge’s questionable penalty with six minutes of regulation time remaining.

Brazil then completed the comeback deep into stoppage time when Lazaro volleyed home a last-gasp winner.

The victory added to Brazil’s successes in 1997, 1999 and 2003 as they moved within one of Nigeria’s record of five championships.

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