The Bernabeu no longer intimidates teams

T​here was once a time when the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu was a fortress for Real Madrid and there wasn’t a rival team who could come to the Spanish capital and not feel even slightly anxious on the stage.

However, now the famous stadium no longer intimidates teams.

The 2017/18 campaign has seen visiting teams overcome the reputation the stadium holds and, of the matches Los Blancos have played at home this term, they have slipped to five draws and has suffered two defeats.

Both Fuenlabrada and Numancia have earned 2-2 draws at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this season; although this might be more related to the fact Zinedine Zidane has been using heavily rotated lineups, it doesn’t look good for the defending Spanish champions.

Valencia, Levante and Tottenham Hotspur all arrived in the Spanish capital too and took a share of the points, while Real Betis and Barcelona have even gone a step beyond that and won.

What is alarming for the club is that by January the five draws and two defeats are identical to the home results for the 2016/17 campaign, but that was from 28 home matches and not 15.

Los Blancos have conceded 16 goals at home already this season, more than half of what they conceded in the entirety of the last campaign, which was 30.

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