Following an embarrassing season and quite a busy summer, things haven't changed much for Real Madrid to start the year, as Zinedine Zidane's team keeps on struggling to find their rhythm.
Los Blancos have been vastly inconsistent and their new signings are yet to prove their worth at Santiago Bernabeu, and the team's most recent outing raised a lot of questions about their ability to turn things around.
Paris Saint-Germain completely demolished Zidane and Madrid en route to a 3-0 triumph at Parc des Princes even without Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Hence, former Barcelona and Brazil legend Rivaldo stated Zizou needs to get back to the drawing board to think things through after the French champions taught him a lesson:
"Zidane has a lot of work to do to get his team back to what it was when they won three consecutive Champions League titles. But Madrid always are always a prize scalp for opponents, after winning so many titles in the past, so they need to give everything they have in every match. On the other hand, PSG were excellent in Paris with all their players performing well. It was a football lesson and if they follow this performance pattern, they should be considered favourites to win the Champions League", Rivaldo told Betfair, as quoted by Sporting News.
Moreover, the Brazilian striker acknowledged that Madrid were also missing some of their players, but went on to speculate they may be forced to spend again in January if they don't want to end up empty-handed again:
"Yes, Madrid also had their absences in this match, and Sergio Ramos' leadership was missed on the pitch, but their midfield also had important absences and when you don't have enough players to replace others in the same quality things can get nasty. Depending on how Madrid do between now and December, I believe Zidane might be forced to go to the market in January in order to bring one or two big players to the team," he concluded.
Real Madrid spent a lot of money in the summer as they signed Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Rodrygo, Luka Jovic, and Eden Hazard, but it hasn't exactly paid off so far.