Zinedine Zidane’s side are suffering from a lack of prowess in front of goal, with Benzema, Bale, and Sergio Ramos no longer contributing at a significant rate.
Madrid have scored over one goal less per game
Zinedine Zidane’s side have scored 36 goals in 18 matches this campaign, providing an average rate of two goals per match. That is exactly 20 goals less than at the same point last season. After 18 matches in the double-winning 2016-17 season, Real Madrid has scored 56 goals, with an average rate of 3.1 goals per match.
To present that information in another way, Real Madrid have lost, on average, 1.1 goals per game from last season.
That loss of drop in potency in front of goal has affected results. At this stage last season Real Madrid had won 13 matches, drawn five, and lost zero. This campaign, Madrid’s record is 12 wins, three draws, and three defeats. In terms of league position, Real Madrid are third in LaLiga with 20 points. After ten matches last season, they were at the top of the league with 24 points.
Madrid miss scoring touch from Benzema and Morata
The elusiveness of Karim Benzema’s touch in front of goal is a clear problem for Madrid. The French striker had scored five goals after 18 matches in 2016-17. He cuts a frustrated figure this season, with just two goals, neither of which were scored in the Champions League.
Yet Benzema is not the only source of goals that has dried up. Álvaro Morata had scored eight goals last season. Borja Mayoral, his replacement, has found the net once. Gareth Bale has three goals so far this season compared to six at the same point in the previous campaign, while Sergio Ramos is also down from three goals to one.
Zidane can extract one positive from this indifferent start to the season, which is that Real Madrid’s defence has tightened up. After 18 match last season, Los Blancos has conceded 20 goals (1.1 per game). This season, that figure has been reduced to 16 goals (0.9 per game)