Real Madrid and the lesson of the bitter memory of 2004

Despite their humiliating loss to FC Barcelona in the Clásico last Sunday, Real Madrid appears to be on track for LaLiga Santander 2021-2022. With a nine-point lead over Sevilla and a twelve-point lead over the Blaugrana, with nine games remaining, one more in the case of Xavi Hernández’s side, who might close the gap even further, everything indicates that escaping this title will be difficult.

However, the Madrid team went through a similar situation in the 2003-2004 season, when they went from dreaming of a treble to not winning anything after a final slump in the spring, and Rafa Bentez ended up crowning Valencia as league champion against the ‘galactic’ team, which included Ral, Zinédine Zidane, Luis Figo, Ronaldo Nazario, David Beckham, and Roberto Carlos.

Real Madrid had three very excellent quarters of the season under the supervision of Carlos Queiroz, who had come to the bench as a bet by a Florentino Pérez who had dispensed with Vicente del Bosque despite his triumphs, but everything began to go wrong. In the month of March.

Valencia’s straight losses to FC Barcelona (0-1) and Espanyol (2-1) gave the leading madridistas an eight-point lead over the ‘che’ with twelve games remaining. There were still many points to be won, but the feelings of one and the other did not foretell what would happen, especially with the fall of a leader who would eventually finish fourth after being beaten by Deportivo de La Corua (9 points behind) and Barça (13 points behind).

The defeat in the Copa del Rey final versus Zaragoza on March 17 had a devastating impact on Real Madrid, who lost a trophy for which they were also considered favorites and were defeated 4-2 three days later in San Mamés. Valencia was given one point while Barça was given six.

That prompted him to react and return to winning ways with two straight triumphs, including the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals against Monaco (4-2), but Rafa Bentez’s men knew how to adapt and kept going without stopping, while ‘Depor’ and the Blaugrana slowed down.

The Luis II, on the other hand, experienced a dark night with the return of the Monegasque club and the sudden departure from the Champions League. Everything culminated in a disastrous finale for Real Madrid’s ‘Galáctico,’ who were only able to win one of the seven games remaining in the League to retain their title, the Vicente Calderón derby. He dropped the remaining six, including four at the Bernabéu (Osasuna –0-3–, Barça –1-2–, Mallorca –2-3–, and Real Sociedad –1-4–) to finish fourth, seven points behind the title, two behind Barça, and one behind Deportivo.

By Editor

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