With Karim Benzema getting injured and leaving the pitch after just 28 minutes, Gareth Bale coming off the bench but failing to impress, and the rest of the team doing their best but still being unable to score more than once, Real Madrid got stuck to another draw.
This time it was Levante who managed to pick up a point at Santiago Bernabeu, taking the lead early in the game, and getting equalized later in the first half.
We tried hard throughout and our intensity was there as always but we just couldn’t make the most of our chances. Maybe we did lack a little spark but we gave everything. We do need Cristiano to score goals but we don’t necessarily need a No. 9. The squad will continue as it is
Theo Hernandez told reporters after the match, and his teammate, Marcos Llorente, was very much on the same wavelength, saying
These things happen and we must keep working. It is clear that in this team, Ronaldo is very important and has an ability to score incredible goals. It would have been good to have him but those who did play tried their best throughout.
Ronaldo is serving a five-match ban for shoving the referee of the first leg of Spain’s Super Cup against Barcelona. There is one more game he will miss, the one at Real Sociedad next weekend.