Real Madrid’s form in La Liga has been questionable at best this season. And that is why they are out of the title race for all intents and purposes, with so many league games still to be played. Their latest defeat came at the hands of Girona, who handed Carlo Ancelotti’s side a 4-2 loss to end any minute hopes that they might have had of retaining their title this time around.
The star of the show was quite clearly Valentin Castellanos. The Argentine scored four goals against Real Madrid on the day and in the process ended up creating some Spanish football history as well.
As reported by Mundo Deportivo, Castellanos became the first player this century to score four goals in a single La Liga game against Real Madrid. Esteban Echavarria had scored five goals for Real Oviedo against Los Blancos back in December of1947.
Of course, this is not the kind of record that Real Madrid fans would have wanted to see broken. It must have given many flashbacks of the four goals that Robert Lewandowski had scored against them in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, while playing for Borussia Dortmund.
Real Madrid record broken in defeat against Girona
At the end of the day, while a heavy defeat, it does not really have an effect on Real Madrid’s season. Their chances of winning La Liga were next to nothing coming into this game.
The entire focus has to be on the upcoming Copa del Rey final against Osasuna. And of course, the UEFA Champions League semi-finals against Manchester City.
Even though they might be out of the La Liga title race, a double is still on for Real Madrid. And one cannot make the mistake of counting them out in cup competitions. They seem to raise their levels when the pressure is raised.