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Real Madrid suffers this season the strange case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde. It has two faces: that of Europe and that of Spain. While in t


Real Madrid suffers this season the strange case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde. It has two faces: that of Europe and that of Spain. While in the debut in the The old continent is surprising and is still undefeated, in the domestic competition it flirts with relegation and has only managed to add four points out of 21 possible. A victory by the minimum against Eibar and the draw in extremis against Granadilla is their balance after falling precipitously this weekend against Sevilla. The European places are moving away in Primera Iberdrola, while the quarterfinals of the Champions League are at hand …

Real Madrid started the season competing very well against Manchester City. What’s more, one of the classics in the final stages of the Champions League was eliminated at the first exchange by the white team in which it was his European debut. Two difficult games, but he left with high spirits and the feeling that the team still had room for improvement. He drew at Di Stefano thanks to a goal in extremis from Kenti, while in Manchester he won by the minimum with a goal from Zornoza. Unbeaten he appeared in the group stage, although things weren’t going so well in the league.

David Aznar’s team was shipwrecked against Levante, a direct rival for a place in Europe next season, with a resounding 4-0. The proximity of the match against Manchester City and the casualties were a good excuse for such a strong result. However, he also lost to Atlético a week later 0-2. Another direct rival who took the points and kept White with the scoreboard at zero after two rounds. Again, the proximity of the party to Europe was a compelling reason to think that it could be taking its toll. The draw against Granadilla gave some hope in the domestic competition that were ruined with two new defeats against Real Sociedad (0-1) and Athletic (2-0) to reach the fifth matchday with a single point and a single goal. The group stage of the Champions began and the concern was maximum …

Nevertheless, Europe suits white. With a system change (three centrals and two lanes) the team was presented in Ukraine. He beat Kharkiv by the minimum with a 0-1 thanks to Lorena Navarro’s goal. The team began to take off and in the League they beat Eibar, coming back with goals from Møller and Rocío Gálvez. It looked good with the third victory in a row, again, in the Champions League. A win against Breidablik (5-0) with a Møller hat-trick and great sensations. It seemed like the new system was working and the team was adjusting to the casualties …

Nothing is further from reality. The First Iberdrola returned and the worst version of the white ones returned. The same eleven practically that thrashed in Europe fell resoundingly in Seville (3-0) leaving feelings of weakness in defense despite the three centrals and few ideas in attack, where they had been spectacular in Europe. Real Madrid has one foot in the quarterfinals of the Champions League after beating the two most affordable rivals in the group, but is moving away from Europe in the Primera Iberdrola. Thirteenth in the standings with only four points, the same as Villarreal (down), Valencia and Sporting Huelva. Twelve from Athletic, which marks the Champions places and 17 from Barcelona, leader of the competition. The two faces of Madrid that can be very expensive in the Primera Iberdrola. There are already seven days that have been played and Doctor Jekyll needs to appear …