It’s been a rotten old season for Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane’s charges have suffered in La Liga, trailing leaders Barcelona by a massive 19-points.
They were also dumped out of the Copa del Rey by lowly Leganes, while their best players – notably, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema – have failed to perform at the expected level.
And while the rest of us are scratching our heads over why a side that stormed to a league and Champions League double last term are struggling so bad at the moment, Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes thinks the answer is simple.
Speaking ahead of next week’s return of the Champions League, which pits Madrid against Paris Saint-Germain, Heynckes said: “I know from experience that you should never underestimate Real Madrid.
“They have a good team for Europe, you can’t rule them out for the Champions League.
“They have more experience than PSG, a lot more and I believe they’ll win that tie.”
Asked why he thought they were struggling this season, the veteran gaffer pointed towards their transfer dealings in the summer.
He said: “They let three very good players go in the summer, in Morata, Pepe and James, maybe to save on salaries.
“They didn’t spend big and they thought the youngsters could compensate.
“In reality, you need a good mix of youngsters and veterans.”
Makes sense, really.
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