This season was always going to be one of transition for Real Madrid after losing two real icons of the clubs modern history in the summer. The departures of record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo and head coach Zinedine Zidane were huge but no one at the club really thought that their absence would hit them this hard. Over the last 8 years Los Blancos have been THE dominant force both domestically and continentally - with their success in the Champions League in particular like nothing that's ever been seen before.
Last years 3-1 victory over Liverpool in Kiev ensured that they became the first side in the competitions history to win it three years in a row, an incredible achievement. The core of the Madrid squad has remained the same throughout this glittering period of the clubs history and they're still together in the 18/19 campaign, but for whatever reason they just haven't retained the same consistency and quality that saw achieve all that success. Big names are massively underperforming and they're on their second manager of the campaign, with former player Santiago Solari replacing Julen Lopetegui after a shocking start to the campaign.
The failure to replace Ronaldo's goal looks like one of the main reasons behind their massive dip this season after signing inadequate replacements last summer - something they surely won't do this year. Big money needs to be spent to re-build this ageing squad which looks like it's going to end the season without a major trophy (winning just the Club World Cup), the first time that Real Madrid have done so in 8 years. Their last hope is the Champions League, a competition they've had so much success in. Ajax stand in their way and 2-1 up from the first leg, they'll fancy their chances of going through but this season has proven anything is possible when Real are involved.