Real Madrid fans choose seven key reasons for failure, with Ancelotti and Bale singled out

Real Madrid Bernabeu

Ever demanding of their star-studded team, Real Madrid fans are far from happy with how the season has turned out.

Despite the UEFA Super Cup victory at the start of the 2014-15 campaign, followed by the FIFA World Club Cup triumph in December, fans aren't satisfied, given that Real Madrid won't be winning the Champions League, La Liga, or the Copa del Rey this season.

Those three pieces of silverware are amongst the primary objectives for the Bernabeu trophy cabinet, every season. Therefore, seeing arch-rivals Barcelona three games away from claiming a treble of those prizes, is a cause for great dismay and added frustration, amongst Los Blancos fans.

Whilst football pundits around the world try to analyse and dissect why such an expensively assembled team, has failed to fulfil any of their major objectives, an interesting survey by Spanish sports newspaper, Marca, has sought the opinions of Real Madrid supporters.

Over 50,000 fans participated in the survey, highlighting what they believe are seven key reasons, why the Real Madrid team has failed to deliver this season.

  1. Lack of rotations.
    Fans feel that the team reached the end of the campaign exhausted, blaming Ancelotti for not sharing out more minutes, amongst more squad players.

  2. The absence of Modric and other injury problems.
    Losing the Croatian star was seen as a major blow for Real Madrid, at such a key point of the season, whilst injuries suffered by James, Benzema, Bale and Ramos, were also seen as influential.

  3. Cristiano Ronaldo dip in form.
    Whilst few can blame the Portuguese star for Real Madrid's woes, having scored over 50 goals this season, fans believe the quality of his performances dropped significantly, during the months of April and May.

  4. Not enough squad depth.
    The likes of Illarramendi, Lucas Silva, Chicharito, Khedira, Coentrao, Jese, not offering enough substance to push first-team regulars for their places, or not being given enough minutes to prove their worth, adding physical pressure on the leading players.

  5. Debatable performances of Gareth Bale.
    Although the Welshman has been untouchable for Ancelotti, fans were concerned his performances haven't been a patch on last season, believing he hasn't demonstrated enough to merit such favour from the Italian coach.

  6. Lack of capability against other big teams.
    Fans feel that Real Madrid have choked against all their biggest rivals this season, with the Champions League exit against Juventus the latest example, whilst highlighting important defeats against Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.

  7. Ancelotti hasn't solved any of the problems.
    Squarely calling the management ability of Ancelotti into question, the Italian is blamed for not halting what fans consider, a slide in form from the team throughout 2015.

Certainly, a mixture of interesting and contrasting views by the Real Madrid supporters, to the Marca survey.

The first impression that stands out, looking at the responses, is that much of the blame is directed towards manager, Carlo Ancelotti. Times have certainly changed for the Italian, after being lauded as the hero of 'La Décima', to now being seen as a failure.

This perhaps adds further fuel to the ongoing debates, as to whether the Ancelotti will remain in charge at the Bernabeu, or whether his fate is now sealed. He's always stated he's more than aware of the pressures and expectations, but if he does depart, he certainly won't lack for job offers at leading clubs elsewhere.

Even the performances of leading idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, were called into question, but individually, Real Madrid fans seemed to single out Gareth Bale for particular criticism.

The world record signing hasn't impressed fans this season, despite what has otherwise, been statistically a strong season for the Welshman. Speculation continues to mount that he too, could leave the Bernabeu this summer.

Whether a survey such as this, with feedback from supporters, will have any bearing on decisions taken by Florentino Perez and the Real Madrid board, remains to be seen.

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