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SB Eibar – Real Madrid: Solari suffers first defeat as Real Madrid manager against brilliant Eibar (3-0)

Santiago Solari’s perfect start as Real Madrid manager was brought to an end by a passionate and intense performance from Eibar. Problems from the Lopetegui era are yet to be solved while their hosts recorded arguably the best result in the history of the club.

Tactical analysis by Martyn Davis.


Eibar went into this match off the back of a 0-0 draw with Valladolid. José Mendilibar brought in Iván Ramis to play in central defense for the home side as well as Sergi Enrich and Kike to play together up top in a 4-4-2.

Real Madrid’s new manager Santiago Solari has enjoyed a comfortable start to life at the helm, recording four wins in the first four games he coached. Following a brief experiment with Bale on the left flank - against Celta de Vigo - Solari now opted to play him on the right, while Marco Asensio played on the left of a 4-3-3 shape. Dani Ceballos continued his interim role of holding midfielder in the absence of Casemiro.

Eibar set the tempo with high press

It was clear from the first moment that the home side were not going to sit back and let Real Madrid run them over. They set themselves up in a 4-4-2 shape that was positioned high up the pitch, allowing them to press the Madrid backline.

The two strikers, Sergi Enrich and Kike, harried the opposition centre-backs. In some cases this involved one of them . . .

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Martyn Davis (20) is an aspiring coach and analyst who spends his time reading, learning and — more recently — writing about football tactics. He is a Liverpool fan who primarily watches the Premier League but tries to broaden his tactical horizons by watching as many different leagues and teams as possible. He writes for his own football blog as well as Between the Posts. [ View all posts ]


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