Real Madrid – Real Sociedad: Madrid’s Improved Second Half Pressing Ensures Victory In A Game Lacking Many High-Quality Chances (3-1)
Real Sociedad pressured Sergio Ramos into an early mistake and looked good in the opening stages of the match. Real Madrid hit back with a set-piece in the first half, before Zidane improved his side’s pressing and Madrid scored two unanswered goals.
Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind.
Despite Gareth Bale’s controversial “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order” joke stirring up a maelstrom of ill-will and scathing reports from the Spanish press, the dominant narrative heading into Real Madrid’s match against Real Sociedad surrounded Martin Ødegaard. The Norwegian has endured immense pressure ever since he went on a heavily publicized tour of Europe’s greatest clubs and picked Real Madrid. He was only sixteen years old at the time, but was immediately deemed a flop after enduring what many perceived to be a tough first season at Castilla.
He was bombarded with false reports about his salary, made up stories about a diva persona that irritated his teammates, and was blamed whenever Castilla lost regardless of the context. But, to those who paid close attention to him,