Real Madrid 0-1 Villarreal: 5 Talking Points

Real Madrid 0-1 Villarreal: 5 Talking Points

Real Madrid 0-1 Villarreal: 5 Talking Points

While Real Madrid's form in Europe has been solid, and beating Paris Saint-Germain to reach the quarterfinals wouldn't be stunning, relying on beating the other 15 best clubs in the world to a continental title isn't the most efficient manner of qualification.

A bad season got even worse for Los Blancos on Saturday afternoon as they went down 1-0 on home soil to a late Pablo Fornals goal - the ninth time in 18 matches that they have dropped points this term.

Villarreal resisted more second half pressure, and produced a swift counter-attack towards the end, which resulted in a Fornals clipping the ball beyond Los Blancos stopper Keylor Navas to silence the Madrid crowd and give his team a memorable win.

The defending champion was 16 points behind league leader Barcelona at the competition's halfway point.

Zidane's team has already lost more points (22) than in its entire title-winning campaign last season (21). But I have my squad, I have good players and I don't see anyone at the moment who can improve that.

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The hosts went agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock after 23 minutes, when Cristiano Ronaldo rattled the crossbar with a free-kick. He made seven saves to deny Real Madrid at every turn. Villarreal still looked risky on their rare forays into the opposition half and Nacho did well to deny Bacca a clean shot on target with a well-timed block.

And with that, it was over.

That had never happened before in Madrid's entire history and the sorry stat did not change in this match either. There were also a couple penalty shouts that fell on deaf ears, including a handball in the 35th minute and this little shove on Ronaldo in the 45th minute.

Madrid, which has a game in hand, is only fourth in the standings, behind Valencia and Atletico Madrid. That said, it would be incredibly harsh on a man who has done so much for the club as both a player and coach.

Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who missed the La Liga clash through injury, was also left red faced after being trolled on Twitter for donning a ridiculous blue outfit.

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