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Examining Real Madrid’s Early Season Struggles

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Things aren’t quiet at Santiago Bernabeu.

After the loss yesterday against rivals Barcelona in another version of El Clasico, Real Madrid is now six points behind the league leaders; only 10 matches have been played and there are already a lot of rumors surrounding the team.

Aside from Isco Alarcón, the fact that the new signings haven’t been able to be difference makers is a big issue at Los Merengues. They brought back Dani Carvajal from Bayer Leverkusen, and he hasn’t been much better than Álvaro Arbeloa or Asier Illarramendi, who cost €30M this summer, and he hasn’t been able to gain a regular place in the starting XI.

The struggles of Gareth Bale are also a cause for concern. While it is true that he needs to gel with the team and with Cristiano Ronaldo upfront, the fact that he’s the most expensive player in the history should add some pressure to a player who’s relatively young. He only has one goal this season, has been injured a lot, and he looked lost yesterday, as he wasn’t an effective weapon on Los Blancos’ attack.

All of this has woken up rumors about Ronaldo. The Portuguese is rumored to be unhappy with Bale’s arrival and could part ways with the team after this season, as he would look to be in a team where he can be the center of attention.

These issues do nothing but cause more troubles in a team that has already been through a lot this past year. Issues with Jose Mourinho last year, the benching of team icon Iker Casillas, and the fact that Carlo Ancelotti hasn’t been able to find a consistent starting lineup is only hurting the team, as they seem to be getting further from the chance of battling for the league title.

Real Madrid needs to get it together before it’s too late. They were set up to be title contenders everywhere and they haven’t been able to live up to the expectations.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google