Madrid face Champions League qualification fight unless form improves

Madrid face Champions League qualification fight unless form improves

11-Jan-2019 10:36:10 | Yahoo Sports

There might have been two clubs toasting Athletic Bilbao signing Ibai Gomez from Alaves on Thursday -- Athletic for one, but also Real Madrid. Few would expect the team that has won the Champions League three times in a row to be buoyed by a star player leaving Alaves, whose stadium holds just over 19,000 and who, five years ago, finished 18th in the second tier. The expectation is Alaves' remarkable form will at some point drift, particularly now Gomez has gone, his departure to a team placed 17th suggesting he too believed the surge may not last.

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