Madrid Press: Los Blancos must improve after horror show

Madrid Press: Los Blancos must improve after horror show


There is plenty of analysis going on in the Madrid press this morning following Los Blancos’ 4-2 defeat at Real Sociedad last night.

Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale had given Carlo Ancelotti’s side a dream start, putting them two up inside the first 10 minutes. But their failure to deal with crosses and dead balls was their undoing and the hosts hit back to claim a memorable win.

That inability to defend set-piece situations is heavily criticised by both Marca and AS this morning, who say they team just switched off time and time again, allowing Real Sociedad the freedom of the penalty area to do what they liked. There is also criticism of the style of play in the opening matches, with the main media outlets agreeing that Madrid are too slow going forward and are looking very sluggish at the moment.

Away from the game, it is transfer deadline day today and Los Blancos are expecting to sign a least one forward. A loan deal for Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez is looking likely as Ancelotti looks for backup for Karim Benzema. The deal could include an option to buy at the end of the season for a fee of around 20 million euros.