Real Madrid fall apart after losing hopes for a championship
Li Xiang

Real Madrid should have gotten a good understanding of how uncertain life can be this season. One week ago, they were on the way to compete for three titles: The 2018-19 La Liga, Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League trophies. However, Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium put an end to Real Madrid's trips to Europe and a 3-0 loss to rivals Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey semis put the club in their worst situation for a decade.

Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid lies injured during the second-leg game they lose 4-1 against Ajax in the Round of 16 at the 2018-19 UEFA  Champions League, March 5. /VCG Photo

Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid lies injured during the second-leg game they lose 4-1 against Ajax in the Round of 16 at the 2018-19 UEFA  Champions League, March 5. /VCG Photo

The three home games in seven days not only led to three losses, four key players were injured during them too. On Tuesday, Vinicius Junior left the game against Ajax in tears with a torn ligament. One day later, Real Madrid confirmed that the Brazilian winger will be out for at least two months.

Besides Vinicius Jr., Lucas Vazquez and Daniel Carvajal both suffered from muscle issues, blame for which can be levied at team manager Santiago Solari's refusal to rotate players. Gareth Bale also had problems with his ankle and might not play in the game against Real Valladolid on Sunday.

As a matter of fact, the only fully healthy winger Real Madrid has is Marco Asensio.

Santiago Solari, manager of Real Madrid /VCG Photo

Santiago Solari, manager of Real Madrid /VCG Photo

And yet, player injuries are not the biggest problem for Solari right now. If reports are to be believed, the manager has lost the support of the locker room. When he took over the team, Solari moved Bale and Isco to the bench. As a result, Bale refused to celebrate with Vazquez after scoring a goal and Isco did not even attend the Bernabeu after finding out he wasn't on either the bench or in the starting XI. Many already expected Solari to be fired soon.

Rifts are also appearing among players. First Marcelo confirmed that Bale still can't speak Spanish and then Thibaut Courtois told the press that he refused to attend a team dinner because he needed to go to bed early. All these stories put the Welshman under great pressure.

Florentino Perez (L), president of Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos (R), center back of the club /VCG Photo

Florentino Perez (L), president of Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos (R), center back of the club /VCG Photo

After the humiliating 4-1 home loss to Ajax, the club's president Florentino Perez went to the locker room to blame the players for what happened. However, the team captain Sergio Ramos - who intentionally got a yellow card in the first leg against Ajax, on the pretense of clearing his slate for the quarter finals - responded by telling Perez that they had warned him during the summer that they needed to sign a striker to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who was unceremoniously sold to Juventus. Ramos also emphasized that the players were not the only ones who should be blamed.

Ramos' words apparently frustrated Perez who then threatened to kick the center back out. Nonetheless, Ramos is reported to have angrily said that as long as he got paid for the rest of his contract, he would leave without blinking.

No teams are immune from internal conflicts in competitive sports but victory covers up a lot of unpleasant things - and vice versa. Real Madrid have already began their search for a new manager and they have a long list of candidates. One thing is for sure: When they find a new boss, there will absolutely be a lot of euros spent.