The impossible could be possible
First Half: Real Madrid needs to win to have a shot at being champions; it doesn’t look like they are interested in winning.
The first half showed all the old mistakes from Los Blancos, apathy and lack of desire. The team looked satisfied with the tie; they didn’t try and didn’t create. It’s not a team that plays with their hearts on the sleeves.
It’s frustrating how they accept what happens; no one tries to change things. Everyone keeps doing the same old things that, spoiler alert, it doesn’t work.
However, it’s essential to highlight a non-given penalty. Álvaro Odriozola crossed, and the ball hit the Athletic Club player’s hand; the same situation happened with Éder Militão against Sevilla FC. Last weekend VAR and the referee gave the penalty to Sevilla FC; this week, Real Madrid had only a corner. Such a differential treatment makes me wonder, “does LaLiga Santander want to punish the team because of the Super League?”
Zinédine Zidane needs to change the team or the attitude of the players, at least.
Second Half: The only difference between which half was the goal. In an accident, Real Madrid scored with Nacho after a Casemiro kick hit the centre-back. It was an accidental goal, but the team scored at least.
But it’s sad to see how Zidane can’t change the team’s attitude. To be honest, I don’t even know if he’s trying. I feel like he’s okay with being in second place; it’s the only way to explain such a blasé behaviour.
Even though it was a poor game, the team got away with a win, and what seemed impossible a week ago, now it’s possible. It’ll be very hard, but if Atlético Madrid doesn’t win its last game, and Real Madrid wins, Los Blancos will be champions.
The problem is, does the team want to win?
The Good: The title is a possibility.
The Bad: Atlético Madrid won and needs a single victory to be champions.
The Ugly: Real Madrid’s attitude. It doesn’t look like they want to win LaLiga Santander.
Worst Performance: You can choose whoever you want; everyone was numb and kept their heads down. I can’t choose just one, so I’ll say Real Madrid as a whole deserves the title.
Best Performance: No one shined enough to deserve the title truly, so I’ll say it was Nacho. The Spanish centre-back scored the winning goal, which was the only good thing that happened today.
Worst Coaching Decision: Everything! It was a poor game, and Zidane is the one to blame for it. He is doing and saying to the players isn’t working, but he doesn’t change anything. He needs to go, unfortunately.
Best Coaching Decision: Keeping Miguel Gutiérrez in the starting XI. The academy player is gaining important minutes and experience for the next season, and he showed signs that, at least, he could be a solid left-back.
Athletic Club 0x1 Real Madrid — San Mamés
Athletic Club: N/A.
Real Madrid: Nacho 68′.
Athletic Club: Unai Simón; Óscar de Marcos, Yeray Álvarez, Iñigo Martínez and Mikel Balenziaga; Álex Berenguer, Dani García (Mikel Vesga 65′), Unai Vencedor (Ibai Gómez 73′) and Jon Morcillo (Raúl García 65′); Iñaki Williams (Asier Villalibre 65′) and Oihan Sancet (Unai López 72′). Coach: Marcelino García Toral.
Real Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Álvaro Odriozola, Éder Militão, Nacho and Miguel Gutiérrez; Federico Valverde, Casemiro and Luka Modrić; Rodrygo (Eden Hazard 77′), Karim Benzema and Vinícius Júnior (Marco Asensio 59′). Coach: Zinédine Zidane.
Athletic Club: Goals: 0; Shots: 8; Shots on target: 1; Possession: 35%; Passes: 331; Pass accuracy: 77%; Fouls: 10; Yellow cards: 3 (Álex Berenguer 14′; Raúl García 79′; Iñigo Martínez 80′); Red cards: 1 (Raúl García 89′); Offsides: 1; Corners: 4.
Real Madrid: Goals: 1; Shots: 11; Shots on target: 2; Possession: 65%; Passes: 599; Pass accuracy: 90%; Fouls: 7; Yellow cards: 1 (Nacho 82′); Red cards: 0; Offsides: 1; Corners: 11.
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