Real Madrid – Real Sociedad: Vinicius shines but a chaotic Real Madrid lose against developing Real Sociedad (0-2)
The early goal changed Real Sociedad’s game plan into a more reactive one, and despite initial struggles, they improved in the second half and managed to disorder Real Madrid’s chaotic defense. Despite Vinicius’s best efforts, Real Madrid’s rigid and predictable attack failed to get past an outstanding Rulli in the opposing goal. Solari’s woes as manager continue.
Tactical analysis and match report by José Perez.
Real Madrid league results under coach Santiago Solari have improved to compared to the short-lived Lopetegui tenure. However, a look at Real’s underlying numbers reveals worrying trends. Under Solari, there has been a significant decline in Real's expected goals. The amount of goals a team is expected to score based on the quality of the shots they take. Both created and conceded, even compared to Lopetegui. They were even outshot by Huesca and Rayo Vallecano, the two teams at the bottom of the league table. Solari's Real has obtained better results simply because of more efficient finishing and shot-stopping. Therefore, it only seems a matter of time before Real’s results match their poor performance on the pitch.
Against Real Sociedad, Solari went for the usual 4-3-3 lineup. Thibaut Courtois at goal was defended by Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Raphaël Varane, and Dani Carvajal. With the unfortunate injury of an in-form Marcos Llorente, Casemiro returns to the . . .