REAL MADRID’S trip to Valladolid on Sunday was hit by a power outage that forced the players to warm up in almost total darkness.
As the likes of Luka Modric and Karim Benzema began to prepare for the clash against their relegation threatened opponents, large parts of the stadium were without electricity.
However the warm-ups continued amid problems for broadcasters and reports that even the lights in the dressing rooms weren’t turning on.
Madrid boss Santiago Solari could be forgiven for cursing his luck at the outage.
His side were recently knocked out of the Champions League and Copa del Rey while falling 15 points off the pace in the La Liga title race, reportedly putting the Argentine’s job at risk.
Jose Mourinho is said to have already agreed to take over at the Bernabeu having led Real to the league and Copa crowns in his first spell in charge.
Valladolid were themselves under pressure at the game approached, a late win for Villarreal in the afternoon kick-off putting them just a point above the relegation zone.
Their stadium had previously been hit by controversy in the build-up to the campaign, as it was described as unfit for purpose amid issues with the pitch and seats.
Eventually the game managed to go ahead on time once power slowly returned to the floodlights.