Real Madrid face Ajax in last chance to save season amid Gareth Bale unrest

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The game at the Bernabéu comes after two straight defeats to Barcelona and Bale’s agent calling the club’s fans ‘a disgrace’

Three games in seven days at the Santiago Bernabéu were set to define Real Madrid’s season. Two down with one left, it risks becoming a disaster. Knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Barcelona, defeated 3-0 last Wednesday, Madrid were to all intents knocked out of the league title race, too, by the same opponents, a 1-0 defeat on Saturday leaving them 12 points off the top. Now they face Ajax knowing defeat would virtually end it all in March. “We’re hurt but there’s no time for laments,” Luka Modric said. “This game is vital for our season.”

The Champions League is all Real Madrid have left. The good news is that it the most important title of all and Europe has so often proved their elixir. Despite being overrun and outplayed for much of the first leg, they brought a 2-1 win back from Amsterdam, a scoreline secure enough that Sergio Ramos felt emboldened to seek a deliberate yellow card in order to serve a suspension for this match and be clear for the next round. Unfortunately he also felt emboldened to admit it publicly, resulting in an extra game’s ban. He will miss the quarter-final first leg, if Madrid get there.

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Written by Sid Lowe in Madrid
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