All fell apart for the Los Blancos in the final quarter of an hour, with Pep Guardiola’s side coming from behind to earn a 2-1 last-16 first-leg victory on Wednesday after Isco opener, exposing how Zinedine Zidane has only managed to paper over the cracks since returning at the end of last season.
With Eden Hazard injured, Madrid were beating at home just like they were humiliated by Ajax at this stage a year ago, the nadir of a disasterous campaign, and this meltdown had shades of that as Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne struck for the visitors before captain Sergio Ramos was sent off for a late professional foul.
Madrid have only succeeded in recent months thanks to a watertight defence, but that has disappeared now and was never something that a club with this squad should have been relying on with Ramos and Carvajal showing why. The latter committed a foul on Raheem Sterling in the area for De Bruyne’s penalty and then the former earning his dismissal as he stopped Jesus’s run through on goal.
Casemiro. ""There's no excuse. At the weekend we've got a tough game against Barcelona. We need to start thinking about that."
On the second leg, he added: "If there's one team capable to turning this around it's Real Madrid.
"But I think what's important is that we played really well for 75 minutes, against a great side, and for 15 minutes we didn't do what we had to. And they came back to win.
"It's not over, but there's a lot of work ahead."
Hopefully, Madrid can turn things around when they travel to England.