The 0 – 2 loss to Wolfsburg in the Wednesday 6 April UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg has really left Spanish giants Real Madrid exposed and the Spanish giants’ former midfielder Steve McManaman was among the critics at the way the team played in Germany.
Madrid, coming from a massive 2 – 1 win over La Liga rivals Barcelona were billed the favorites against Wolfsburg but the tables were turned with the Germans taking a commanding 2 – 0 lead from the first leg.
McManaman, currently a commentator with BT Sport, says Real Madrid did not give a performance warranting a win in the match, noting that they defended like school boys as the hosts took a 2 – 0 lead in the first half and defended their lead to the end.
“Real Madrid defended like Under-10 schoolboys. Marcelo crossed the field with his arms behind his back [for Wolfsburg’s second goal], and [Maximilian] Arnold gets two yards ahead of [Sergio] Ramos.
“Defensively, the right-back (Danilo) and left-back (Marcelo) were just all over the place, coupled with Pepe and Ramos, who looked like they hadn’t played with each other before.
“I was astounded as to how bad they were,” he told Spanish tabloid, Marca.
Real Madrid will have to beat the Germans by three or more goals to advance and the club’s players have been stating their confidence that it can be done when Wolfsburg visits on Tuesday.