Only Keylor Navas Keeps the Level in Another Disgraceful Match

Only Keylor Navas Keeps the Level in Another Disgraceful Match


Real Madrid lost their third game of the pre-season (1-0), this time against Tottenham Hotspur at the Audi Cup in Munich. Los Blancos don’t know how to win in this summer after the defeats against Bayern Munich, Atlético de Madrid and the draw against Arsenal after losing 2-0. Only Keylor Navas showed a good level, avoiding another shameful result.

After the terrible defeat against Atlético de Madrid (3-7), Los Blancos tried to clean their image against Tottenham Hotspur with a very defensive and conservative strategy but things didn’t work out. The Spurs had the control of the game and only Keylor Navas avoided a terrible defeat with many saves to Harry Kane actions.

However, it was the British striker the one who decided the game in the 22nd minute of the game. Marcelo made another terrible mistake -he’s not keeping the level to play in a team like Real Madrid-, and Kane found the net with a top level definition. Los Blancos reacted a bit after the goal and Benzema had the best chance in the first half, but still not enough to hurt Tottenham.

Zinedine Zidane didn’t make any changes until the 80th minute except the entrance of Vinicius Jr, still far away from his performances last year. However, the problem is clearly in the midfield, where Kroos and Modric are unable to hold the team, in the defense line, with Marcelo or Sergio Ramos showing weaknesses, and in the attacking line, with Los Blancos unable to score the few chances they have.

Besides, there are many players far from their level, as it happened last year. Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Lucas, Nacho or Isco are some of the more evident ones. Given these games, there is not much optimism ahead of the season, although Zinedine Zidane still is convinced that the team can work. Pogba, James Rodriguez and probably some other players are needed, whereas it’s time to talk with the more experienced one and ask them about their loyalty to the club. Are they really able to get again the level they achieved some three years ago?