Real Madrid board plans on achieving the unthinkable this season

Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid have been very different in their post-defeat approaches in the Champions League and La Liga, which may passively cite their unexpressed wishes.

Real Madrid are under big pressure heading into their next few fixtures as they play against the likes of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao in La Liga. After three winless matches in the Spanish top-flight, the defending champions have to get their campaign back on track if they are to retain the domestic championship.

However, they also face a difficult challenge against Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League. Only a win will help the Whites pass the group stage after a tumultuous start to their European campaign but fortunately enough, their fate is in their own hands in the event that they manage to bag all the three points.

Zinedine Zidane is walking a tightrope and failure in advancing to the European knockouts could see the manager receive his marching orders. Keeping the pressure on the Frenchman in mind, it is looking like the Real Madrid board has different priorities.

The coach has always emphasized that the league remains a difficult challenge, but this time around, the board may have demanded the 14th Champions League title, for various reasons, and evident with the club’s atmosphere.

In spite of losing as many league games this season as they did in the entirety of the last, especially to opponents like Alaves and Cadiz, Zizou has only been under pressure when his side has not performed well in the Champions League. That said, it may be rightly so given that they have not been at their best in the CL lately- mainly for two reasons.

Los Blancos announced a profit of 313,000 euros for the 2019/20 fiscal year, which is a good sign considering the pandemic. However, with their minds on signing the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Kylian Mbappe next summer, securing a better financial position is of utmost importance. A UCL win will surely bring the club more prize money than La Liga.

Secondly, the club’s pursuit of European glory may also be for sporting reasons. For a club that has won the elite continental competition 13 times, it has seemed uncharacteristic to have lost in the round of 16 for two years in a row. Real Madrid are always favourites to win the European Cup and this time around, the trophy with the big ears may be their priority.

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From the outset, it remains to be seen what the board’s ulterior motive is, but with how matters have unfolded at the back of Champions League defeats in contrast to league defeats, one would feel that the club’s hierarchy wants continental success over domestic. Do you think Los Merengues will lift the historic piece of silverware in Istanbul in 2021?