Real Madrid were looking to close the gap on a bumpy Barcelona who had dropped points, surprisingly for the second consecutive week. And after the eight goal flourish on Tuesday in mid-week, it’s fair to say expectations were slightly positive heading into the El Madrigal.
If the stakes weren’t high enough, Atleti’s win earlier that day kicked it up a notch. It was crucial Real Madrid and Ronaldo evict their “big-game” demons this season, but unfortunately they failed spectacularly.
IN THEIR DEFENSE
After the first 45minutes, we should have been 4-0 down; but somehow we survived. Inside the first two minutes, Bakambu, one of Villareal’s best players on the night; nutmegged Ramos, fed the ball to Dos Santos who could graciously only hit Navas’ right post.
It’s the kind of attack and defensive mishap that’ll give you hope of it not repeating itself right? nope.
Marcelo, for the first 45min at least, was all over the place. Same with Pepe who seemed to have enjoyed his assist last week from wing play; was almost at fault for Villareal scoring again in the 2nd half were he chased the ball from his natural position up to the opposition half of the pitch. Villareal picked the ball, countered with pace and almost scored.
In our defence’s defense, they all improved as did everyone, for the next 45. Also Ramos and Marcelo are still getting back to full fitness.
It’s usually the case in football were commentators say “a game of two halves”. But this was different almost like the game against Malaga in 2011 in the Copa Del Rey. The first half was so dreadful to put it mildly, but when Madrid came out for the 2nd, they were brilliant, BBC, Marcelo everyone.
Keylor barely had anything to do and if we were not wasteful in front of goal, the scoreline would have been different.
Unsurprisingly, Kroos was dropped for the game. He wasn’t called for the game against Malmo albeit with Bale, but that was a sense of things to come. He has not been at his best this season and it’s a shame to see someone with undoubted qualities not up to par at the moment.
THE CASE FOR OUR MEDICAL STAFF
As the name La Decima is synonymous with us so, apparently is injuries this season. and our defence has endured the most. I mean we’ve played Lucas Vasquez at LB this season. And just as our first choice LB returned so has he gone back with what seems like a calf injury.
What a shame. What a letdown. It seems we’ve developed a rhythm this season. Trample on the little ones and quiver in fear against the big boys. Not sure who to blame at all for this game. This game was too important to be thrown away in such a lacklustre manner.
If we continue on this path, we will be without silver for the 4th time in 7years. Unacceptable. The annoying thing is; the same apologies will surely roll out today. “We are Real Madrid, we can’t give up” “La liga is still a long way” “We apologise to the fans” e.t.c
Every year a new manager comes and says the club and players are a working formula, right now what we need is a formula that works.