The Bernabeu has consumed Real Madrid

It is worth remembering that the LaLiga season is still in its infancy, yet Real Madrid’s abysmal home form has left them seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona and the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu seems to be hindering Los Blancos’ hopes of defending their title.

The pressure on Zinedine Zidane’s players on Wednesday evening was clear to see, as a victory was an absolute necessity after the recent draws with Valencia and Levante and the players knew it.

Real Betis came and defended quite wonderfully, they frustrated the hosts and they made it difficult for Luka Modric or Toni Kroos to break through the lines with direct passes.

As long as the score remained at 0-0, the more irritable the fervent home support became,

Cries of encouragement to attack came from the stands, yet ironically it was this that would cost the team in the end.

There seems no logical explanation for Los Blancos’ poor home form, as on paper they are the best team in Europe by some distance and they are creating an excessive number of chances.

Over the course of the three home LaLiga matches this term, Zinedine Zidane’s charges have scored just three times from 57 shots, a poor conversion percentage, one which is directly impacting their results.

Bizarrely, the team suffers no such issues away from their famous home stadium, with victories over Real Sociedad and Deportivo La Coruna the obvious bright spots of the current domestic campaign.

Away from Madrid, Los Blancos are able to play fluid, attacking football, yet at their home there is a sense of panic which provokes harem-scarem football, an attacking style created out of desperation.

This is an issue that needs to be resolved quickly if the title race in Spain is to be a close one.

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