Sergio Ramos wasn’t part of Real Madrid’s 3-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain as he was serving a suspension and, not for the first time, the captain’s teammates struggled without him.
Their past five Champions League defeats have all come when he has not been in the team.
In addition to the loss in France on Wednesday night, there was the elimination at home to Ajax last season when the centre-back was serving the first part of this two-match suspension.
Ramos was rested for Los Blancos’ two group stage matches against CSKA Moscow last season and these were both defeats as well, a 1-0 loss in Russia and a shocking 3-0 one at home.
The fifth match in this run of European defeats without Ramos was in the 2017/18 season.
The defender was suspended for the return leg against Juventus, when Real Madrid almost blew a three-goal advantage from the first leg.
They were losing 3-0 in front of their own fans, before Lucas Vazquez won a penalty that Cristiano Ronaldo converted to carry the team towards a 13th European Cup – even if that second leg went down as a loss.
It’s a concern that Real Madrid have struggled so much without Ramos in Europe, and they’ll hope there are no suspensions to come for the centre-back during this continental campaign.