Real Madrid seem to have lost their cutting edge this season, with their attacking performance in the 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad serving as an example to demonstrate Los Blancos’ struggles upfront.
In the match with the Basque side, Zinedine Zidane‘s men produced 20 shots in total, five of which were on goal. They also hit the woodwork twice, until Vinicius came off the bench to equalise in the second half.
Games such as the one with Real Sociedad are no longer the exception for Real Madrid but have tended to become the rule this season.
Los Blancos’ numbers in attack have taken a steep decline since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in 2018.
Poor figures compared to elite clubs
Real Madrid average 1.63 goals per game and there are as many as 20 teams with a better ratio over the five major leagues at the moment.
To put this into context, last season’s Champions League winners Bayern Munich average 2.83 goals per match.
If we compare Real Madrid‘s figures to the teams who are participating in the last 16 of Europe’s premier club competition, Zidane’s side have the worst ratio along with Lazio and Sevilla.
So far this season, Real Madrid have scored more than three goals on just two occasions, against Huesca and Alaves.
Back in 2011/12, when Los Blancos averaged three goals per game, they had scored at least four goals in 23 of their 58 matches.
The effort and sacrifice of Real Madrid‘s players can not be questioned, yet it is obvious that they lack a second finisher to back up Karim Benzema, who has netted 17 times this season.
He is followed by defensive midfielder, Casemiro, who has scored six goals and has hit the woodwork once so far.
With Benzema sidelined due to injury, Casemiro has produced more shots (13) than any other Real Madrid player.
Apart from the Brazil international, only Ferland Mendy, Marco Asensio and Vinicius Junior have hit the target in Benzema’s absence.
The woodwork curse
Real Madrid have hit the woodwork more times than any other team in the five major European leagues this season.
The ball has crashed against the crossbar or post 26 times, two more times than Real Sociedad (24), and four more than Bayern Munich (22), Paris Saint-Germain (22) and Barcelona (22).
Last season, Real Madrid hit the woodwork just 14 times, with Manchester United being the unluckiest team in Europe with 26.
No team has hit the woodwork more than 30 times in a season since 2014, when Real Madrid managed to do so 31 times.