It has been a testing season for Real Madrid, and last night’s humiliating defeat to 12th place Real Sociedad was the cherry on top of the slightly mouldy cake for Santiago Solari and his Los Blancos side.
Goals from Willian Jose and Ruben Pardo helped Imanol Alguacil’s side to a historic win at the Bernabeu, and the loss has placed the Spanish giants in fifth place, behind the likes of Alaves and Sevilla.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Bernabeu itself was just 66% full for their 18th game of the season.
In total that calculated to around 30,000 empty seats at the home of Madrid, which is quite staggering when you think of their average attendance.
Los Blancos currently sit 10 points behind Barcelona, and with the gap only getting bigger by the week, many are doubting whether Solari will remain as manager of Real Madrid for the foreseeable future.
Somebody who has been linked with the job is former boss Jose Mourinho, but is he the right choice?
Sergio Ramos responded to rumours of Mourinho returning to Real Madrid after his sacking from Manchester United.
The 55-year-old Portuguese manager’s third season in charge at Old Trafford left the club falling out of a top-four spot in the Premier League, with the club pulling the plug on his time at the Red Devils and appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjær as a caretaker manager.
Ramos, however, is not thinking about a reunion with the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss.
“People need to show more respect to the coach we have now,” he said via BBC Sport)
“Mourinho left us five years ago, yet everyone keeps talking about him.”