LEGANES, SPAIN - JANUARY 16: Real Madrid team line up prior to start the Copa del Rey Round of 16 second leg match between CD Leganes and Real Madrid at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on January 16, 2019 in Leganes, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

After Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat at Leganes in Copa del Rey, Casemiro wanted to defend his teammates by denying Los Blancos have given up.

This Wednesday was the umpteenth time that Real Madrid lost a match this season in any competition, even players like Casemiro have to come out and defend a poor performance that clearly speaks about how much the squad has given up to play at all this season.

The Brazilian midfielder was part of the squad that lost 1-0 at Leganes but still qualified to the Copa del Rey’s next round, Los Blancos had already won the first leg of the competition at the Santiago Bernabeu and this defeat didn’t leave them out by any means.

The squad didn’t seem motivated to play the game throughout the whole 90 minutes, manager Santiago Solari decided to give Isco Alarcon his ultimate chance to prove himself and he wasn’t even able to lift up the squad from a very dry performance.

The Spaniard has been struggling with an apparently personal problem that he has with the manager, something that has kept him from being considered to play for Los Blancos in most of the matches since the Argentine took control of the squad.

But Isco was only one of the problems Real Madrid showed during this match, there were several issues to point out.

Right after the match ended, Casemiro wanted to come out and defend his teammates’ performance and completely denied that the squad didn’t show any hunger for more success.

The problem here is that pretty much all the players with the exception of Brahim or Vinicius, also look quite tired from the last three seasons in which they made a massive effort to keep winning trophies in all competitions.

“We lost the game but qualified, that’s what we wanted. If we talk about how we played, we lacked depth in the first half but got better in the second,” Casemiro said via Four Four Two after the match.

“We controlled the pace, their fans were boisterous but we had the game under control. We know there are no easy games, now we are concentrating on the weekend.”

“We always play to win, we are not in a good place, let’s be honest, but we’re working hard. We’re in the Champions League last 16, a bit far behind in LaLiga and now we’re into the next round of the Copa del Rey. Now whatever happens we just have to win, regardless of who we face.”

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Real Madrid’s real problem this season

Even though manager Santiago Solari seems to be going out of his way to change things at Real Madrid, the club’s real problem has very little to do with the player’s commitment or hunger for success.

The real problem that Los Blancos have is the lack of a star player, someone who can really motivate the rest of the squad and take them all the way back to those days of success.

It’s not only about winning titles for a club like Real Madrid, but it also appears that the players have even lost the will to win an insignificant match such as the one they lost today.

At the end of the day after every match regardless of the competition, Real Madrid might keep losing games like this one because they simply do not have the player who can bring them all back together.

President Florentino Perez is taking too long to make a final decision, time is running out and the squad might go a full season without winning a major trophy is he doesn’t bring one of the big players currently available on the market.

Harry Kane is no longer an option due to his recent injury, but Eden Hazard has been sending smoke signals for months now and the club has failed to respond accordingly.

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