Real Madrid lost their second game of the season at Girona and they are now eight points behind FC Barcelona in La Liga. Los Blancos have drawn two and lost two games in this start of the competition, where they had a theoretically easy calendar to start winning many points. Actually, Los Blancos lost five points against newly promoted teams -Levante and Girona- and five others at home -Valencia and Betis-.
If we compare this Real Madrid with the team that won La Liga, only Isco is showing a better level. At Montilivi was again the best one, trying to guide the team to the success. But Isco is not enough. Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have scored one goal in La Liga, so in this way it’s impossible to compete with the rivals.
Besides, when you look at the bench, the resources are not enough. Borja Mayoral did well when he had the chance, but obviously Zidane doesn’t trust him enough. Morata’s numbers last season were astonishing and this year Real Madrid are having a problem in the attacking line. Also Lucas Vázquez and Marco Asensio are not giving the extra when they came out of the bench. Yesterday they weren’t able to change a thing when Zidane called them. Asensio’s magic is draught after a good start of the season.
In the defense line the things are not better. Marcelo is struggling after his injury and Carvajal is out of the team. The right and left back were very important in Zidane’s formation, but they’re not causing any influence in the game. Yesterday even Nacho made mistakes, because both Girona goals were errors of the defenders. And we have to finish up with Kiko Casilla, who is not a guarantee when Keylor is injured.
The problem continues in the midfield. Although Modric, Kroos and Casemiro are not the worst, on Sunday they were lost on the pitch. It seemed they were still in London receiving The Best Award. The team is missing Kovacic, injured two months ago, and Dani Ceballos or Marcos Llorente are not having enough opportunities to give some rest to the stars in the midfield.
The result of these problems were a terrible game in Girona. There is enough time and resources to improve the way and comeback stronger, but there are many things to be improved.