Real Madrid lost the leadership, the three points and the confidence in Mallorca (1-0) where they were unable to get a point against a new promoted team. Again, the worst face of this team was shown only few days before playing a crucial game in the Champions League against Galatasaray with a real risk to play the Europa League.
Zinedine Zidane didn’t include Fede Valverde in the starting eleven, even if the Uruguayan was one of the best in last games. Jovic, Isco or Odriozola were some of the new players in the starting eleven and no one of them showed a good level. On the other hand, youngsters like Brahim and Rodrygo only could enjoy few minutes in the last part of the game.
We only had to wait 7 minutes to see the first goal of the game. Lago Junior attacked Odriozola’s wing and Courtois had to see the ball touching the net. Los Blancos started asleep the game and they even received the second goal but was in offside. The only light shed in this first half was a great assist by James Rodriguez that Benzema put on the bar.
Zidane didn´t change anything in the halftime and the team didn´t improve. Only with the changes -Jovic and Isco were removed from the pitch-, Los Blancos showed some character. The referee didn’t see a clear penalty committed by Brahim in the last minute but this is no excuse for the poor game against a newly promoted team. Meanwhile, Los Blancos had to play with 10 players because Odriozola was sent off.
Real Madrid lost the first position in the table and now they are not unbeaten in La Liga. In only few days they have to play in Istanbul and a victory is needed to continue in the Champions League. The situation is critical and the team still shows weaknesses in every single game. Besides, the injuries are affecting the squad and Zidane is not accurate in solving the problems.