Real Madrid achieved yesterday a great victory in their visit to Ipurua against Eibar. Los Blancos played with an unusual starting 11 (without Marcelo, Kroos, Carvajal, Cristiano and Bale) and the result was very positive. Real Madrid were superior than Eibar in every aspect, they pressured more than the Basque team, they played a better football and they even ran more than their opponents. The team managed by Zinedine Zidane ran a total of 102.36km, while Eibar ran 99.31km. The difference of 3km is one of the keys why Los Blancos achieved the victory in a very tough stadium as Ipurua.
There was four Real Madrid players who exceeded the 10km at Ipurua, Marco Asensio, Casemiro, Nacho and Lucas Vázquez. Once again Lucas was the player who ran more in all the pitch with 11.63km. Whenever the Galician wing plays he runs a lot showing his professionalism despite he is not in the usual starting 11 when Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are available.
In the other side, only Rubén Peña, Sergi Enrich and Gonazlo Escalante ran more than 10km. This bothered Mendilibar (Eibar’s manager) because he said in the press conference:” The problem is that we ran less than Madrid. And if you do not run more than Real Madrid they will win you easily.”, Eibar’s manager said about yesterday’s match.
Real Madrid played probably the best first half in all the season, being from the beginning very intensive because they wanted to improve the image offered in the last regular season games. If Los Blancos play with this intensity in all the matches it will be very difficult to beat them. Despite having many changes in the line-up, the players who started from the beginning played really good, showing that they can be in Zidane’s usual line-up in the future importante matches.