Real Madrid sleep leaders on this Saturday after beating Alavés (1-2) with a lot of effort under the rain at Mendizorroza. Los Blancos continued with their good streak and Zinedine Zidane keeps giving chances to new players with great result. The clash between Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona anticipate a good week for Real Madrid.
After the tough battle against PSG, Zizou needed to do some changes in the team. Areola, Militao, Modric and Bale were the new players in the starting eleven, whereas Isco had another opportunity and he’s responding to the manager with good performances. On the other hand, Bale was completely irrelevant in his first game in the starting eleven after the controversy with the Welsh flag.
This was a very tough game for Real Madrid, the one that they were unable to win the last past months. Actually last year Los Blancos lost in the very last minute of the game. And Alavés is a strong team at home, with good team balance and pressure. That’s why Real Madrid were very uncomfortable from the beginning. Even Alavés could have taken the advantage in the scoreboard but the referee didn’t consider a penalty committed by Militao. Bale had the best chance of the first half with a header to the post.
In the second half, Real Madrid took the lead with a header by Sergio Ramos after another perfect assist by Toni Kroos. However, the captain committed a stupid penalty right after it and Lucas Pérez didn’t miss it. The game was again in a difficult situation. Luckily, Los Blancos were able to take again the lead thanks to Carvajal who tapped in a ball after hitting the post and the keeper, a play lead by Isco.
By then, Bale was already on the bench with Rodrygo attacking the wing with more danger. Real Madrid didn’t suffer a lot in the last minutes because another piece of good news is that the team defends much better right now. Zidane has been able to form a very consistent team in the last weeks and now there is space to dream.