That was until last season when Jose Mourinho has played “Ghost Buster”, as he launched a double whammy at a time.
The tour Portuguese mastermind of Madrid and the Champions League last-16 for the first time in seven years, and the Spanish giants resumed his first victory in Lyon in European competition for elite clubs.
Some of Madrid last year Hoodoo 6-16 can be traced to his disappointing performance against Lyon.
Their first meeting came in the opening group game of the 2005-06 Champions League campaign, and Madrid seriously underestimated their opponents and unfancied French, as they went down 3-0. The defeats and a draw in the return leg, forcing white men to settle for second place and a showdown with a Thierry Henry inspired Arsenal, instead of meeting with PSV. The Gunners won 1-0 over all and continued to go all the way to the final. To meet in Barcelona.
Exactly one year later and again in the first group match, Madrid has failed to learn their lesson when they lost 2-0. A result similar to that of last season in the left leg sticking in the round of 16 finalists as a group. Bayern Munich expected. The Bavarians went through on away goals after the game was locked at 4-4, but the game would be best memory of Roy Makaay is 10 seconds to strike.
In 2010, the last-16, in Madrid is not new to do their homework because they were beaten 1-0 in the first leg held before the 1-1 draw at home.
Then came the tyrant who is Mourinho. The Portuguese never someone who loves his meticulous blackboard classes remain a dead letter, has on its side on the line with a 1-1 draw in the first leg the Stade Gerland, before a complete victory in the leg 3-0.
And that’s exactly how Mourinho got the job done, where his predecessors failed: careful planning and preparation.
Madrid would have won the match the first round last season, if it was not possible to defend soft Bafetimbi Gomis to score from close to a set piece.
However, the lions of France were well and truly tamed in the second inning. Nine-times European champions, put in a master class at the Santiago Bernabeu which Mourinho has shown that his team can play attractive football, attacking, without the need for a tactical approach to grind to a marginal victory or progress on the goals of distance.
It ‘possible that Lyons was not so much because they were a few years ago?
Or is it really comes down to Mourinho is a genius?
However, strong Lyon had a phenomenal run over when he won seven Ligue 1 titles trot, it seems that the Spanish giants would always be a team on top card, the player player, a man man star star. Florent Malouda each, Michael Essien, Juninho, Sylvain Wiltord, Jeremy Toulalan and Hugo Lloris, who could boast of Lyon, Madrid, and raise them by Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The difference between the two clubs has grown exponentially since then. But would Vanderlei Luxemburgo, Fabio Capello or Manuel Pellegrini was able to sweep Lyon with the players that Mourinho has at his disposal?