After a two-time losing streak against Barcelona, Real will focus on keeping the Champions League title as the only way to salvage the rest of their troubled season.
With Real ready to receive Ajax Amsterdam on Tuesday in the knockout round, the European champions have suffered the last three seasons of an offensive crisis, scoring once in open play in the last four games.
Real were lucky to win 2-1 in Amsterdam’s first leg, which meant they needed a draw or even a 1-0 loss to reach the quarter-finals.
By contrast, Ajax has performed spectacularly since losing the game, scoring 13 goals and conceding once in three games.
The former European champions will be refreshed after the Dutch Football Association decided to postpone their match against Jaflo in the league to give him more time to rest and prepare before his trip to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
Real wasted several chances in a 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Copa Libertadores, and the players repeatedly threw the ball out of the net from inside the box.
Real made the most of the 1-0 defeat to their Catalan rivals on Saturday, but the ball was in the hands of Barcelona defenders and Mark-Andre-Terre Steghen did not appear much.
Real’s 2-1 victory over Levante last week came two penalties, while Kasimiro’s header was the last to play in a 2-1 loss to Girona on 17 February.
Coach Santiago Solari does not appear to be concerned about his team’s suffering in scoring goals.
“These things happen for a while,” said the Argentine coach after a 1-0 defeat to Barcelona. Sometimes all balls enter the net and at other times do not.
“We will try to do everything to make sure that what we put on (Saturday) or last Wednesday will be achieved in the next game. We will continue to try. “
But with the current performance, it will be difficult to know where the goals will come against Ajax, as no one is close to filling the gap left by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real scorer through the ages, to Juventus in July.
Karim Benzema, the team’s top scorer with 15 goals in the league and Europe, has failed to score from open play in the last four games, while Gareth Bell has been a dismal performer.
The Welshman has appeared only three times in the starting line in the last 10 games and has been booed by fans when he was replaced by another bad performance against Barcelona on Saturday.
The young Brazilian Venecius was the most prominent player in Real in 2019 so far, who is making opportunities, but he is far from scoring since he booked his place in the team in October.
Sergio Ramos has scored 11 goals in all competitions from his position as a defender, but will be out of the game due to suspension, leaving a big gap on both sides of the offensive and defensive.