SD Eibar – Real Madrid: Eibar’s High Press Played Through Easily (0-4)
Real Madrid comfortably dispatched SD Eibar, putting together a compact passing system in order to play through their super high block. Even having scored four, whether they exploited Eibar’s poor defensive shape enough remains questionable.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
Though the worlds between SD Eibar and Real Madrid could not be further apart, this was a fixture between two managers under scrutiny. Eibar’s super high pressing may be pleasing to the eye, but results have applied pressure on Jose Mendilibar, too. Wins over Villarreal and CD Leganés have – at least – taken them out of trouble, however 14th in the table and six points from the relegation zone is hardly a secure position.
Mendilibar has established a unique style to Eibar; using direct, long passes towards the strikers, before setting up in an intense high block in the 4-4-2 formation. But once the high press is played through, Eibar show they are more than vulnerable in defensive situations. Unsurprisingly, they made limited changes from the previous game – Paulo Oliveira and Charles being replaced by Pedro Bigas and Sergi Enrich at center-back and striker positions.
Real Madrid may have comfortably dispatched Galatasaray in mid-week action; however, the jury remains out on Zinedine Zidane’s case. Inconsistent form and an unbalanced squad have not helped a manager who relies on individual quality and man-management, rather than tactical nous. But Real Madrid are far from the powerhouse they intend to be, a defeat in the Basque Country would be used as key evidence if the trial on Zidane is to be re-opened any time soon.
As expected, Real Madrid were . . .