Gutted and Lost: The Tail of Champions League 2019/20

Gutted is a very small word to express the sadness that crept through every Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo’s fan yesterday night. Two seasons running Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus team couldn’t make it to the later stages of the elite Champions League tournament. The reason isn’t Ronaldo, but the mindset of the whole Juventus team. Whenever Juventus play, it seems like its 11v1 match going on. It seems as if Ronaldo is the only man motivated to do something for the team, and rest of the players are just playing for the sake of playing. Look at the match played yesterday between Lyon and Juventus. It was the Round of 16 tie of the Champions League. Lyon were leading Juventus 1-0 by the end of the 1st leg. The match started with Lyon getting awarded a controversial penalty, which in my honest opinion wasn’t a penalty at all, giving Lyon a crucial goal, that too an away goal. That meant that now Juventus had to score 3 goals in the stipulated 90 minutes to go into the quarter finals of the elite tournament. And then came the Cristiano Ronaldo show.

The Portuguese talisman scored a brace, including a belter of a left footer shot to level the score on aggregate but still Juventus needed 1 more goal to win the game as Lyon had an away goal. Cristiano tried very hard but couldn’t find the back of the net for the 3rd time. He also missed various opportunities, two massive headers but after all he is also human. The problem is why only he was trying, why not the other nine outfield players? The other players never created any chances, be it the likes of Higuaín, Pjanic, Bentancur or Ramsey. That’s the passion Juventus lacked and that’s why for the 1st time in nearly a decade, Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t make it to the Quarter Finals of the Champions League. I’m not saying this about the Juventus team based on one match, its been the same old story for this whole season. I even wonder if they wouldn’t have had the services of Cristiano Ronaldo, they might have lost the Italian domestic title to any other team. They played really badly, after football returned after lockdown. They won the Seriea title by just 1 point. They lost 4 out of their last 6 games in the Seriea tournament, and just won the title by a whisker because of the amazing performances of the 35 year old talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

Now what lies ahead is the real fact that Cristiano doesn’t have many years left in his professional footballing career and at the end of his career, he should not let his career be going in a downward direction by playing in a team which doesn’t show that kind of enthusiasm needed to win a tournament like the Champions League.

Yesterday, another slump was on the cards for the 2019/20 La Liga champions Real Madrid who were beaten comprehensively by former English champions Manchester City, 4-2 on aggregate to go or should we say storm into the Quarter finals of the Champions League 2019/20 season. With their talismanic captain Sergio Ramos suspended for the 2nd leg, the match was already titled in the favour of Manchester City. And then the slump happened, with their main defender Varane gifting City two goals with his mistakes in such a high profile match. Benzema scored a goal for Real Madrid but that wasn’t enough to keep the 13 time European champions in the Champions League this season.

In the end, I would like to say that there was a time 2 years back when Real Madrid won their 3rd Champions League title in a row, but times have changed. With Cristiano leaving Real Madrid after that, it was for certain that the slump has to come. This shows that Nor Real Madrid helped Cristiano Ronaldo win the Champions League or vice versa. They both did it together.

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