Cristiano Ronaldo wants Jurgen Klopp to replace Zinedine Zidane

Cristiano Ronaldo was jeered by own fans after failing to inspire Real Madrid to a win against Villareal

Real edged the first half and Gareth Bale had a header ruled out for offside, before Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick was tipped onto the bar.

Real Madrid suffered another poor result at the weekend, where a 1-0 home defeat to Villarreal left the champions a staggering 19 points behind leaders Barcelona as Zinedine Zidane's job continues to be in doubt after an very bad season that now see the Champions League holders closer to relegation than to retaining their league title. Barcelona is atop the league table by nine points, and 16 ahead of Real Madrid (which does have a game in hand), and while the Catalans taking up such a position isn't surprising, it is surprising how far Real Madrid has fallen off the pace. They remain the only club in Europe's top leagues yet to loose a game.

"Real have many virtues but we thought that at this moment of the season and playing at home, they might make more mistakes".

Real have not won a Liga match in over a month and look more likely to drop out of the Champions League places than get back into the title race.

Villarreal have scored the eighth most goals and allowed the eighth fewest goals in La Liga.

Frederic Hermel, Madrid-based correspondent for French sports daily L'Equipe, noted that Zidane "still doesn't appear prepared to make any changes to his team, despite another defeat".

Zidane, meanwhile, was not able to get Madrid to play up to its potential in the league.

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Real controlled much of the first half, and had the first sight of goal on 17 minutes when Marcelo lashed a strike from distance which Sergio Asenjo turned away with a strong fingertip.

In the whole of the previous campaign, they drew six times and only lost three games (21 points) whereas this season has seen them lose four and draw five with only 18 fixtures played (22).

This was unheard of last season.

Earlier, Leganes reached the quarter-finals for the first time in their history after losing 2-1 at Villarreal but progressing on away goals after their 1-0 first-leg win at Butarque.

And following their dramatic defeat to Villarreal at the Bernabeu on Saturday, midfielder Toni Kroos has admitted the team's focus is now simply on finishing inside the top four this season and qualifying for the Champions League.

Until recently, there was always an expectation that Madrid would find a late goal to save a poor performance.

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