Real Madrid – Sevilla: Madrid Overwhelm Toothless Sevilla Thanks To High Intensity Play And A Flurry Of Long Shots (2-0)
Real Madrid played with an unmatchable intensity in the first half, but created little against an organized and disciplined Sevilla defense. Not much changed in the next forty-five minutes except for the volume of Madrid’s long shots, which proved to be enough to push Solari’s men over the line.
Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind.
It is no secret that Santiago Solari‘s Real Madrid have struggled immensely this season, falling off in all their underlying numbers since Lopetegui’s departure. However, against Real Betis, there was a sign of some increasing competence from the coach and the team, sparking hopes that a turnaround was on the horizon.
By contrast, Sevilla have begun to slow down in recent games. Prior to their encounter with Real Madrid, they had only won one of their last five matches. They lost to Athletic Bilbao in back-to-back Copa del Rey and league meetings and drew with Atlético Madrid and Leganés 1-1. Their only victory came against Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of sixteen.
If we exclude cup competitions and go further back in the league, it still does not look good for Sevilla. They recorded a 2-0 victory over Valencia but only managed to split the points versus Alavés and Valencia. Nevertheless, Machín probably harbored some hope of gaining a result at the Santiago Bernabéu, especially given Real Madrid’s current injury . . .