Gareth Bale was forced to look off the bench again while Real Madrid continued to sink into form. Los Blancos lost to the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night, losing 1-0 after beating Alejandro Berenguer just one minute before the match.
Real Madrid have not won the Copa del Rey since 2014, and their wait will continue for now. But perhaps most troubling, this is the third game in which Real Madrid have not won in regular time.
Los Blancos beat Elche in extra time in the final round before drawing with Alicante in La Liga.
That result was followed by the defeat, and in the last two games veteran, Bale has been on the bench for a total of 90 minutes.
The Welshman has recently returned to full form, but has not been called up despite Real Madrid’s poor form, and has a new bench partner in Eden Hazard.
Bale and Hazard spent the last 180 minutes together, and there may be a factor in cabin fever.
During the defeat by Athletic Club, Hazard was told not to warm up, but when he finished Ancelotti told him to sit down, indicating he would not be silenced.
When that happened, Bale was pictured laughing at cameras.
Whether it was sarcasm, disbelief or something unrelated, who knows, but at least Wales is smiling despite his condition.