Real Madrid – Granada: Chaos Rules The Day (4-2)
An early Karim Benzema goal caused Granada to self-destruct, enabling Real Madrid to take a 2-0 lead at the half. Luka Modrić extended the advantage before Granada attempted a late comeback starting with a mistake from Areola. Substitute James Rodríguez scored a late decider to secure the three points and prevent an embarrassing Real Madrid collapse.
Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind.
After three games against Sevilla, Osasuna, and Atlético Madrid, Zinedine Zidane seemed to have gotten Real Madrid back on track. Their porous transition defense suddenly sealed up and they moved to the top of the table as a result. Hence, it came as quite a shock to Madridistas when they saw their beloved Blancos go 2-0 down in the first half of the Champions League fixture against Club Brugge in the Champions League. The second goal was entirely on Luka Modrić’s shoulders, but Madrid looked vulnerable as a collective every time Brugge pushed the ball into the final third. The one-third of the pitch that is closest to the opposition’s goal. The lack of defensive organization had seemingly reappeared out of nowhere.
In truth, Madrid’s defensive problems had only disappeared for a game. Against Sevilla, Zidane got it largely right, pressing in a coherent fashion with James Rodríguez and Toni Kroos stepping up in synchrony with Benzema. But that was also against a side that had the tenth best expected goals The amount of goals a team is expected to score based on the quality of the shots they take. figure in the league and a front line that lacked the pace and incisiveness . . .