It was Real Madrid's most humiliating European night in a long, long time. And in some ways, the 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Tuesday hurt more than the 5-0 defeat to
That Milan side was in the midst of a cycle of success that would see it win five Serie A titles and three Champions League crowns in eight years. This Liverpool side hasn't won an English title in nearly 20 years, is managed by a Spaniard (who, ironically, used to work at Real) and features a number of key Spanish players in its lineup.
Throw in the fact that Real Madrid -- the most glorious club side in the world -- hasn't reached the Champions League quarterfinals in five years and that presidential elections are coming up this summer, and you can only conclude that, once again, it's time to regroup and rebuild.
No use pointing fingers and trying to figure out what went wrong. It's done, it's time to look ahead. Suffice to say that, despite the two league titles won under
Tough choices lie ahead for those choosing the next president (and, likely, the next manager and big signing). Here are six basic principles which ought to guide that decision:
To what degree you can count on