Leganés – Real Madrid: Leganés Battle But Come Up Short (2-2)
Real Madrid began the game in control, asserting their dominance by taking an early lead. But Leganés' desperation grew, leading towards a hectic second half where a change in shape saw a tense conclusion to the domestic campaign...and a relegation.
Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.
Leganés have endured a rough season. Mired in a fight for survival, Martin Braithwaite’s infamous exit to Barcelona stripped the side of their chief marksman. But rallying to a midweek 2-0 win over Athletic Club, victory on the last day of the campaign could salvage the home team’s top-flight status.
In stark contrast, Real Madrid came into the game crowned as LaLiga champions. Clinching the title with a 2-1 win against Villarreal, their faultless run of post-lockdown form continues. Now with the title sealed, Madrid could ease down the domestic campaign.
Manager Javier Aguirre deployed the hosts in a 5-4-1 formation. Vying for a crucial victory, the veteran mister also made two changes to the team that started against Athletic Club. Jonathan Silva replaced Javier Eraso at left wing-back, while Recio deputized for Rubén Pérez in midfield.
Zinedine Zidane meanwhile set up Real Madrid in a 4-3-3 shape. The win in midweek allowed the manager to rotate the starting eleven for this final league game, making seven changes in all.
Real Madrid begin the game in charge
Though they were free of any pressure, Real Madrid looked to assert control of possession at the start of the game . . .