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
The more time passes in this 2020-21 season, the more Real Madrid disappoints. After the slap received against Valencia before the international break (1-4) and the draw against Villarreal last week (1-1), Zinédine Zidane’s men went on to a third unsuccessful match in the Championship, losing to everyone’s surprise against Alavés (1-2) yet 15th in La Liga at kickoff. Tasteless and unable to produce the game, the Madrilenians therefore see Real Sociedad and Atlético Madrid move away in the standings, with six points ahead of the losers of the evening.
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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.