eal Madrid took to the pitch at El Madrigal with James Rodríguez, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo poised to provide the goals, but it was not to be. Villarreal ran out 1-0 winners… and Atlético and Barcelona extended their lead over Los Blancos to five points.
Roberto Soldado’s goal proved enough as Rafa Benítez’s men were unable to find an equaliser. Once again, Real Madrid failed to find the net, making it five games this season. Not even their star-studded squad could stop the team from already equalling last season’s total of five games without a goal.
During the entire 2014/15 season, after a total of 59 games, the team coached by Carlo Ancelotti only failed to find the net five times… the same number as this season, although Benítez and co. have only played 22 games so far between La Liga, the Champions League and the Spanish Cup.
What happened at Villarreal can no longer be described as an accident this season. In fact, Real Madrid kicked off their league campaign with a goalless draw away to Sporting Gijon at El Molinón. They then slipped up against Malaga at the Santiago Bernabéu, two valuable home points that could end up costing a title. In the Champions League, they drew another blank away to PSG, whilst on their return to La Liga action, they failed to score at home to Barcelona.
Worse than in previous years
In order to assess the relevance of drawing a blank in five games, nothing is better than a look at the club’s recent seasons. Real Madrid only failed to find the net five times throughout the entire 2014/15 season (a total of 59 games), four in 2013/14 (60 games) and 2012/13 (59 games). The year before that, in 2011/12, they only failed to score in three games from a total of fifty.