Real Madrid’s attendance problems continue, so much so that it’s now a genuine story in the media closest to the club.

Whereas the initial poor attendance against Getafe, just 48,466, was dismissed as being down to the scheduling of the match and people being on holiday, that is now wearing thin.

The Getafe attendance was the worst since 2009.

Against Leganes at the weekend, the attendance had increased to 59,255, but Marca point out that’s still a long way from last season’s average of 69,000.

The Spanish newspaper says the offices at Real Madrid remain calm, there’s not a big panic about the situation. Holidays and scheduling are still being clung to, and whilst there remains something genuine in that, it’s clear there’s worry it isn’t the full explanation.

Julen Lopetegui is quoted as saying: “I have no doubt that the fans will be with the team, cheering as they always have. What happened to Getafe was because of dates, but we are clear that they will support us.”

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The issue is made all the more apparent for Real Madrid because last season the Bernabeu ‘recorded the best data in history’, explain Marca, with an average occupancy of almost 90%.

Marca point out the holidays are now over, and Real Madrid expect their fans to return. The next scheduled match is against AS Roma in the Champions League.

A big match and a nice evening kick-off should help, and there’ll be further worry if it doesn’t.