Sevilla – Real Madrid: Stunning Second Half Comeback Saves Real Madrid (2-3)

After being dominated by Sevilla in the opening half, Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid woke up from their Champions League hangover and upped the intensity. Their high press and goal-first minded attacks (coupled with Sevilla sitting in trying to protect their lead) resulted in three second half goals that gave the league leaders three points and Sevilla their first home loss of the season.
Tactical analysis and match report by Charlie Tuley.

Sevilla have not been in the best form of late, having dropped out of the Europa League after a second leg comeback from West Ham and losing to Barcelona in LaLiga to give the Catalan side the second place position in the league. Julen Lopetegui’s side’s form has drastically dropped from the beginning of the season, and they came into the match against Real Madrid completely out of the title race, with Sevilla now needing the points to maintain their top-four position in the league.

Sevilla still had a number of players missing from the squad, which has been giving Lopetegui quite a bit of trouble in recent weeks. Injuries to Fernando, Suso, Karim Rekik, and Thomas Delaney reduced Lopetegui’s options, and he only made two changes from the team that lost to Barcelona the week prior. Bono started in goal, with Jesús Navas, Jules Koundé, Diego Carlos, and Marcos Acuña defending his goal. Joan Jordán, Ivan Rakitić, and Papu Gómez made up the midfield trio, whilst Erik Lamela, Anthony Martial, and Jesús Corona were the three forwards for Sevilla.

Real Madrid came into the match on the highest of highs, after they withstood

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Charlie Tuley is a junior studying sport management at the University of Michigan. He currently works as a data analyst for the San Jose Earthquakes, and does freelance football analytics on Twitter under the name @analyticslaliga. [ View all posts ]


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