The Blancos’ long continental reign is over after a shock second leg defeat – a result that will have huge ramifications in the Spanish capital
Today’s empire, tomorrow’s ashes. Real Madrid’s vice-like grip on the Champions League is over.
Ajax stunned the 13-time European champions at the Santiago Bernabeu with a 4-1 (5-3 aggregate) victory, ending their reign of over 1,000 days as kings of the continent.
And Madrid’s veteran generals will fade too. Santiago Solari has started that process by dumping Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench – or in the case of the latter, in the stands – although he too will fall.