Villarreal – Real Madrid: Two Strikerless Sides Fail to Put Away Their Chances (0-0)

With Karim Benzema and Gerard Moreno both sidelined for this LaLiga clash, it was expected that goals would be hard to come by for both sides. Though Villarreal dominated the first half through their isolation of Marcelo on the right wing, it was Real Madrid who will end up regretting the volume of quality chances that they failed to put away late on in the match.

Tactical analysis and match report by Charlie Tuley.

Villarreal had serious momentum coming into the match against Real Madrid, coming off what was probably their biggest win of the season yet, a 2-0 beating of Real Betis at the Benito Villamarín. Villarreal is a part of the pack of LaLiga sides that is searching for a Champions League spot, and they entered the matchday in sixth place, three points off of a top-four position.

Aside from Gerard Moreno unavailable, Unai Emery was also without Francis Coquelin and Ruben Peña for the match against Real Madrid. Geronimo Rulli started in goal, with Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, and Alfonso Pedraza ahead of him. The midfield four was made up of Samu Chukwueze, Vicente Iborra, Dani Parejo, and Alberto Moreno. Arnaut Danjuma started as the striker alongside Giovanni Lo Celso, who played off of him as a second striker.

Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid had two massive matches that they had to worry about coming into the game against Villarreal, as the current LaLiga leaders have to travel to Paris on Tuesday to face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of sixteen. As the matches were so close in time, Ancelotti elected to rest Luka Modri . . .

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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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