Just as happened in 2018/19, Real Madrid exited this year’s Champions League without Sergio Ramos on the pitch.
He was suspended and watching from the stands as they lost to Manchester City on Friday night, just like he was when Los Blancos went out at the last 16 stage last season against Ajax.
It’s not the first time they’ve struggled in this competition without Ramos, as they also lost 3-0 to PSG earlier this season without the captain and Ramos was also absent for both of the defeats to CSKA Moscow in last year’s group stage.
Even in 2017/18, when Real Madrid went on to win the tournament, Ramos was out suspended for the quarter-final second leg against Juventus when the Italian side almost pulled off a comeback from the 3-0 first leg deficit.
Looking even further back, Ramos was absent when Real Madrid were eliminated from the Champions League by Roma in 2007/08 and by Barcelona in 2010/11.
Even though he did what he could from the stands this year at the Etihad, motivating his teammates as much as possible, not having the centre-back on the pitch is so costly for Los Blancos.