Spain – 11th day – Liga: Real Madrid punished at home by Alavés!

Spain – Matchday 11

Third game without a win in the League for Real Madrid, beaten this Saturday by Alavés (1-2). Zinédine Zidane’s men are going through a serious air gap.

The lesson: Real sinks

Without Sergio Ramos or Karim Benzema, both injured, Real were down when entering their lawn at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium. Holder on the left wing, Eden Hazard was therefore responsible for bringing his team to an essential victory. But as often since his arrival in the summer of 2019, the Belgian has failed in his mission. After a situation where he forgot Mariano Diaz on his left to hit Fernando Pacheco, the former Chelsea followed the rebound well but was refused a penalty after a slight contact in the box (20th). Touched on the action, the one who shone so much in Lille left his partners prematurely once again. Led after the opening of the quick score from Lucas Perez from the penalty spot following a hand from Nacho (0-1, 5th), the Madrilenians found themselves a little more helpless against the solid defense of Alavés.

Well grouped behind and not hesitating to throw themselves in front of each recovery of the ball, Florian Lejeune’s teammates were a problem that Zidane’s players never knew how to solve. Sorely lacking in ideas and accuracy in their transmissions, they could even consider themselves happy not to return to the locker room with one more goal in the bag. But Thibault Courtois watched over when Perez appeared alone in front of him (24th). Saving his own on several occasions, the Belgian goalkeeper however precipitated the fall of Real after the break. On a completely failed raise, he returned the ball to Joselu who doubled the bet (0-2, 49th). Not really better afterwards, the Madrilenians passed very close to the correctional when Courtois rejected the attempt of Perez (64th). Valorous, Deportivo held on after the reduction of the gap of Casemiro in the last moments (1-2, 86th). Not activating until too late, the flock of Zidane could not avoid their third defeat of the season, despite Isco’s attempt who hit the bar at the last second (90th + 6).

The winner: Fernando Pacheco, present at the right time

If his team defended well, leaving only few windows of shots to the Real Madrid offensives, the Alavés goalkeeper was able to respond when he was requested. Efficient in aerial outings, Fernando Pacheco also shone on his line. On the path of a header from Mariano (15th), he especially allowed to preserve the advantage of his team by opposing twice in front of Toni Kroos before the break (39th). An essential double stop which has improved the work of his teammates.

The loser: a Real midfielder without ideas

The talent is very present but the midfielder of Real definitely does not succeed. Whether it is Casemiro but especially Toni Kroos or Luka Modric, no one is able to boost the momentum needed to bend the opposing defenses. Against Alavés this Saturday, the three accomplices multiplied the approximations in their transmissions and the technical errors. More than slowing down the Madrid offensives, they especially endangered their partners by returning the ball to an opponent who only needed this to quickly throw himself forward.

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