Real Madrid look for away day comforts against Alaves

Doug Mendoza
September 25, 2017

Real Madrid have only taken two points from their three home games in front of their own fans in this La Liga season and Real Madrid playmaker Isco Alarcon feels troubled by the start that the Los Blancos have made in the league.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo matched his own unwanted record last night in his side's shock 1-0 home defeat to Real Betis to continue a slow start to the season. After winning the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United and the Spanish Super Cup against FC Barcelona, most experts believed Los Merengues would cruise their way across all competitions once again like they did a year ago.

That was a fifth successive defeat for the Vitorian side, during which they have failed to score a goal, and left them second bottom of the standings.

Zinedine Zidane's side dominated for large spells, but Cristiano Ronaldo was among the home players to waste chances as Real produced 27 efforts on goal.

It looked like the same for Betis, who had lost their previous two away matches ... until that 94th minute Sanabria goal.

"I'm glad because it's what we want from the players, that when they play, they try to do it well, and he did so".

Their fifth game against Real Betis was eagerly awaited by Real Madrid's fans, as the four-time Ballon d'Or victor was about to make his comeback after a five-game suspension.

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The Portugal forward was making his long-awaited comeback after completing a five-match ban for shoving a referee against Barcelona last month.

Still, under pressure Betis scarcely deserved victory and their goalkeeper, Madrileno and former Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan, had the game of his life.

"We played better than Betis but the result is what matters", Zidane added.

Zidane's men have had a hit-and-miss start to the campaign.

The defending Spanish champions have only amassed eight points from the first five games with Barcelona at the summit.

'The press can talk about things, but we are not going to change what we are doing. Hopefully it is not too much, and he is back with us on Tuesday (at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League).

Zidane's side must find their winning form at home, though, as they can not afford any more slip-ups against smaller sides at the Bernabeu.

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