Many were under the impression that the current situation at Real Madrid couldn't prove any more troublesome - but they were wrong.
Just five months ago, Barcelona was in turmoil after letting Neymar go to Paris Saint-Germain and losing twice to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.
However instead they have really struggled both home and overseas and their loss on Saturday to Villereal combined with Barca's come from behind win over Real Sociedad means they are 19 points behind the Catalans but only 16 points from 18th place.
Real Madrid are so far off Barcelona right now that they're closer to relegation than they are their fierce La Liga rivals.
Villarreal moved to fifth place. That point total is the lowest through 18 matches since 2005-06, when they had 30 points, and president Florentino Perez resigned from his first stint in charge midway through the season.
Real are also eight points adrift of Valencia, who strengthened their grip on third place as goals from Goncalo Guedes and Rodrigo secured a 2-1 win at struggling Deportivo La Coruna.
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Saturday's comments - such as "In football there are two teams, and what you must do is score a goal more than the opponent".
According to AS despite Ronaldo bagging three of the last four Ballon d'Or titles, Real have done nothing to make him feel important in Spain.
The hosts were unhappy, and things almost got worse in the first few minutes of the second half when substitute and former Real player Denis Cheryshev dispossessed Casemiro and danced through the defence, only to drag his shot wide of Navas' post.
Even though Spurs are adamant that they are not going to let Kane leave, the player may decide otherwise if Spurs can't promise any trophies and if Madrid comes knocking. For other teams this may be acceptable but for a team with the ambitions of Real Madrid it is a different matter. He has netted only four times so far this season which has also played the pressure off Perez as he is in no hurry to offer a fat package to his forward yet again.
But Zidane has won the Champions League title back-to-back.