Real Madrid suffered their third defeat in four games as a late Manu Garcia condemned Julen Lopetegui & co. to a 1-0 loss at the hands of Alaves on Saturday.
For much of the game, Real Madrid lacked the cutting edge to threaten Alaves bar a couple of chances when luck deserted them. As the minutes ticked by, and Los Blancos failed to score a goal for the sixth consecutive hour, the uneasiness grew.
Real Madrid’s worst fears ended up coming true with practically the final shot of the game, as Manu Garcia scored the winner for Alaves deep into injury time. Unsurprisingly, Real Madrid fans were smarting from the shock defeat, and they vented their frustration out on Julen Lopetegui.
What the hell is Lopetegui doing at Madrid?
— Colin NOT Collins (@ColinUdoh) October 6, 2018
I'd like to apologies for hyping up Lopetegui and Asensio. pic.twitter.com/2YAifDGjZ8
— Rey (@FigoMadridismo) October 6, 2018
Real Madrid have failed to score in four consecutive games across all competitions for the first time in the 21st century.
Sevilla 3-0 Real
Madrid 0-0 Atletico
CSKA 1-0 Madrid
Alavés 1-0 Madrid
Saying Benitez > Lopetegui wouldn't be wrong. pic.twitter.com/cH0EeZlOb7
— SM¹³ (@SMFutboI) October 6, 2018
Lopetegui low key turning into a fraud
— Veevy Cule (@FinallyVeevy) October 6, 2018
Lopetegui going to get a vote of confidence, aka the kiss of death, after this.
— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) October 6, 2018
It's going to be amazing when the job Lopetegui blew up Spain's World Cup for fires him midseason.
— Dummy Run (@thedummyrun) October 6, 2018
From losing his first game as club manager in the European Super Cup to this current disaster run of form…
Lopetegui's possesion based football with no attacking threat isn't what Real Madrid's squad are properly equipped for. https://t.co/yPgQ3WPtSA
— Lima (@BraydenLima) October 6, 2018
Madrid could be 7th after this weekend and Lopetegui could get sacked soon pic.twitter.com/b1VRvbNRl7
— Kola (@ksekoni_) October 6, 2018
Tweets pointing towards a certain Cristiano Ronaldo’s missing influence were out in full force a well.
"Ronaldo was holding Benzema and Bale back"
"Real Madrid will be fine without Ronaldo"
"Who needs Ronaldo when you have Mariano" pic.twitter.com/7GLx6E5Yal
— Griezmann Chief (@Griezmannility) October 6, 2018
😫 Real Madrid have failed to score in four straight games for the first time since 1985.
😎 Meanwhile, Ronaldo has two goals and three assists in his last four games.
👀 Missing someone? pic.twitter.com/cPSsCMN7TK
— Sky Bet (@SkyBet) October 6, 2018
Alaves 1-0 Real Madrid
Real Madrid go four consecutive matches without scoring a single goal 😶
Life without Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/U28CFIgqYG
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) October 6, 2018
Remember when we started really well and Ronaldo couldn't get his first goal for Juve? Tables have turned now. Juve have won 8/8 league games and Ronaldo is scoring and assisting. We haven't scored in our last 4 league games, that's absolutely ridiculous and embarrassing.
— Isco (@Isco_addict) October 6, 2018
Ceballos: “Cristiano’s absence is not going to be noticed.”
Bale: "‘It’s maybe a bit more relaxed without Cristiano Ronaldo, yes isuppose there is more of a team, more working as one unit rather than one player.’
Ramos: "Cristiano's absence will not halt our winning momentum." pic.twitter.com/dCk2TdwEkg
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@TeamCRonaldo) October 6, 2018
— Hamad Muzaffar (@hamadmuzaffar69) October 6, 2018
Meanwhile, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema faced the ire of Real Madrid fans as well, following their unimpressive performances on Saturday.
— ty (@TyEsteireiro) October 6, 2018
After Bale's first season at @realmadrid, I thought Bale would be something at Real. I thought Bale would win the Ballon do'or one day. I thought Bale would be Ronaldo's successor. After 5 years, it seems that he'll just be another player for Real. Absolutely pathetic
— Tejas Shetty (@PadmaNaby) October 6, 2018
If I was the manager, I'd bin Benzema, Bale ASAP!
You can't turn up for one game in ten & then totally dissappear for the remainder.
— MMQ (@moaizmq) October 6, 2018
No goals in 4 matches for Real Madrid. First time since 1984/85.
Now 10 points dropped after 8 league games.
Benzema is still starting as the striker, played 494 minutes in last 7 matches with 0 shots on target.
Me and Real Madrid fans rn: pic.twitter.com/UjMXWsxQQt
— ✩ (@_RIZmadridista) October 6, 2018
Bale: Realmadrid are more of a team now without Ronaldo
— Manny Sledge (@sledgeyoung) October 6, 2018