Beaten for the first time of the season by the promoted Cádiz this weekend, Real Madrid worries in all areas of the game. Zidane even acknowledged it in front of the press, as the Champions League and the Clasico approaches.
The Liga, a very special weekend
One week before the Clasico at the Nou Camp, Real Madrid and Barça both lost.
As Opta pointed out, such a statistic had not happened since April 2003. In fact, it was at a time when Lionel Messi had not even made his professional debut. The Culés fell on the Getafe pitch, while, even more surprisingly, the Casa Blanca lost in the intimacy of the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium 1-0 to the promoted Cádiz.
A deserved defeat because the Merengues showed a very worrying level of play, while the Champions League is also looming this week.
Zinedine Zidane probably best summed up the meeting of the Merengues in the following way
“Cádiz showed more rhythm, more envy. We have no excuses, it’s a bad match and we have to congratulate Cádiz. We are not happy about that. This is what can happen in soccer. It has been very complicated from the beginning and yes, if they had scored two or three goals in the first half, there was nothing to say. We have no excuse, recognized the Madrid coach, who did not hesitate to make 4 changes at the break (Ramos, Modric, Isco and Vazquez were replaced by Militao, Casemiro, Valverde and Asensio).
Difficulties in all areas of the game
Despite this, Real Madrid never came back into the game, lacking terribly in efficiency in both areas. Benzema, who found the bar at the end of the game, came through the 90 minutes like a shadow.
In the end, the Frenchman was just the figurehead of an attacking animation in great difficulty. It is already the second time in just five La Liga matches that the leader has failed to score. Worse still, the club from the capital only found the net six times this season, thanks to Benzema (1 goal) and Vinicius (2 goals), an average that is far too low when you try to win as many titles as possible.
“Real’s worst game? even dares to question the press in Zidane after the match. We only lost three points, important, but nothing more. Now we have to think about the next game.”
This disconcerting issue is also defensive, where Courtois seemed very feverish yesterday. To make matters worse, Ramos, who had a save on his line after only two minutes of play, came out injured, as a precaution according to the Spanish press. The captain is not the first to go to the infirmary since the defending champion was playing yesterday without Carvajal, Odriozola, Odegaard and Hazard still injured. There is still something to worry about 7 days before the Clasico.