Champions League: Crisis-hit Real Madrid C.F. in Need of Basel Bounceback

Defeat against Atletico Madrid in La Liga has opened up the hidden scars of Real Madrid C.F..

updated: September 15, 2014 09:34 IST
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Iker Casillas lets one slip past him during Real Madrid's match against Atletico Madrid.


Madrid: Having finally ended a 12-year wait to land their 10th European Cup, few imagined Real Madrid would start their defence of the Champions League in a state of crisis.

Less than four months after beating city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra time in the final in Lisbon, Real are in need of a strong response when Swiss champions Basel visit the Spanish capital on Tuesday after Atletico inflicted their second consecutive league defeat with a 2-1 victory in Saturday's derby.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti bemoaned afterwards that his side has not yet found the right balance following the sales of key midfielders Angel di Maria and Xabi Alonso late in the transfer window.

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