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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was among the travelling party on Saturday evening

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was among the travelling party on Saturday evening

Everybody wants to examine the prostrate, unconscious giant rather than admiring the little guy's aim or his daring.

Sunday's stunning 2-1 loss at Girona - a team mainly comprised of free transfers and loan deals - once again exposed Madrid's new-found flimsiness. "They were so, so poor". The nature of the Catalan club's victory, in which they came back from behind worsened the mood of fans even more.

Another bad result, another horrific performance, this has been the story of Real's season so far. The champions travel to London to face Spurs on Wednesday night. It's not that we don't work.

"Cristiano, you're the best", it read.

"We have to keep our heads because it is a difficult moment".

There are, of course, lies, damned lies and statistics. Some salt in the wounds?

Real coach Zidane blamed his side's lack of concentration for both of the goals they conceded. Still, Tottenham managed more shots on target than United and lost only to a route-one Anthony Martial goal in the 81stminute.

The legendary Frenchman has led his side to plenty of silverware in recent seasons and has been widely praised for his incredible start to his career as a manager. But the question remains: will Madrid do it?

Speaking to the club's official site, the Real Madrid boss expressed his concerns and the way that his players played on the day.

"We showed intensity and effort", Zidane said. Was it all a dream? That, in honesty, wasn't the game anyone else saw.

"We played very well and hit the post twice in the first-half", said match winner Portu.

The hosts turned the match around with quick goals early in the second half.

Despite trailing Barcelona by eight points in La Liga, Sid Lowe feels Real Madrid will have chances to mount a comeback.

Zinedine Zidane has spoken about the shock defeat against Girona.

But Muniesa clarified things by speaking with unusual bluntness. Never poke a sleeping tiger with a sharp stick.

Perez is keen to please Ronaldo, who is eager for compatriot Guedes to take Bale's place at the Santiago Bernabeu. The next three matches for Los Blancos over that period?

Ronaldo's response was typical Ronaldo.

"Thank you to my team-mates and congratulations to them too". "We had been creating a lot of scoring chances, but that didn't happen (against Girona)". Someone is letting him down. It's really just the poorest in Europe - nobody has been more wasteful than Ronaldo.

Moreover, Real are also keeping tabs on two Brazilian prospects: 18-year-old Lincoln and 17-year-old Alan Souza. Subconscious, minimal but, eventually, telling.

Once the season began, though, the cracks began to show almost immediately.

Lucas Vazquez had a goal disallowed for offside in the 83rd.

His self-confidence is to be admired.

Is there hope for Spurs at Wembley?

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