When the dust had settled in the Spanish capital, Real Madrid had punched their ticket to the quarter-finals of the biggest club competition in the game. Looking at the scoreline, it seemed to be a rather spectacular victory, 4-0 on aggregate - but don't let that deceive you.
Despite reaching the quarter-finals with a win over Roma, Zidane has his work cut out to transform the boos at the Bernabeu
Cristiano Ronaldo pushed his season total up to 40 goals before James Rodriguez would double the lead and put the Italians out of the tie. While the Galacticos were out to bag the goals, the reception at the Bernabéu was far from ideal. Zinedine Zidane certainly has his work cut out to change those echoes of frustration to rapturous applauds as Los Blancos attempt to scale the heights of European football.
"Everyone dreams of doing something in the Champions League and we are going to try," the French manager and club legend told the media. Admitting the prominence of nerves when the Serie A contenders came extremely close, he can be somewhat satisfied with how they held up defensively, but everyone is aware of the looming consensus: Real Madrid need to be far more ruthless.
Their reminder was served cold, the chilling sort. A barrage of boos around the stadium throughout the game, whether that's a reflection of the resentment towards their positioning in the league table, or the absence of flair from their play - maybe both, means the 10-time Champions League winners have a lot to do in order to turn things around and please the demanding customers in Madrid.
With all the cash and resources pumped into the club, fans and the executives have a justified bad taste left in their mouths. James Rodríguez was also slated during the win over Roma, whistled at by fans, as what was an initial sizeable investment is not living up to the billing in the current campaign.
"I believe all the fans want to see nice football and when things do not go for you, they have the right to whistle. We are at a club which makes demands of you every day, and we players are here for this," the Colombian said after the contest. It's showing that results won't float the boat at the Bernabéu; they need to create sumptuous entertainment on the pitch also.
As Roma encroached towards the final third, they didn't show enough defensive urgency. In fact they showed little urgency throughout the whole game, their build-up was slow and Zizou's satisfaction may have been only barely acquired.
With La Liga pretty much out of reach as the rest as opposition accelerate away from the pack, a ticking time bomb could be unravelling in the Spanish capital. If Real cannot dismiss their critics quickly enough, an overhaul could take place - they are over the line this time round but they must get into full gear to keep things alive in Europe and hence their season.