Roller coaster is the word for the Madrid fans at the moment as the Whites seem to be defying the odds quite consistently.
The improbable Barcelona victory and then, the improbable Wolfsburg loss, now that’s a bit too much to take over a period of just 5 days.
A 0-2 loss at the Volkswagen Arena yesterday hurt Madrid’s hopes of reaching the Europe semis big time.
The Madrid players actually might have been carrying the hangover of that Barcelona victory with themselves as they lost the game within first half an hour itself.
The defence was so relaxed and complacent as if they just did not assume Wolfsburg to attack so vociferously in the initial moments.
As Steve McManaman said, and it would sound very true to those who would have seen the proceedings, it was no better than a school boyish defence from Madrid.
They did wake up after a point, but, only to find out that it was all too late. Wolfsburg was always going to park the bus with that sort of advantage.
It’s not the end, not with the unpredictability that Madrid has shown in the recent weeks. There’s got to be immense effort from the Blancos when they meet Wolfsburg at their fortress come Wednesday. But, there can’t be anyone disagreeing to the fact that this is a big low for them, losing the first leg this way, especially coming from that Camp Nou result.
Wolfsburg can play, they are not a bad team, but, they don’t match Madrid player for player for sure and two goals’ margin is a huge result for them. Each and every individual in that camp would be buoyant.
Madrid would still be the pick of many to go to Round of 4 as the next game is at Bernabeu but, they will have to counter the pressure cooker situation now.
Meanwhile, there is a Liga game on hand as well for Madrid; that is on Sunday against Eibar.