Real Madrid – Betis (0-0)
Zidane’s team draws with Betis and lets two points escape before, on Sunday, Atltico, Bara and Sevilla play
To think about the Champions League is to lose the League. Madrid cannot be accused of doing it, but it is inevitable, human, to internalize the circumstances, what we have and what is coming. The team of Zidane was expressed in the outcome against Betis, with accumulation of offensive resources, even Hazard, back in the rain, but instead didn’t start point blank. On Tuesday, against Chelsea, be different. It’s Champions. The League, for now, is moving away, waiting for the reply from Atltico and Bara. They know Madrid well and that is why they will try to bite into the wound.
The time has passed since its prime pear in the League, in Villarreal, but the teams of Pilgrims they are recognizable as they mature. This Betis is one more, with a good foot, pause and acceleration, and an interesting pressure on the opponent’s ball exit. It has enough. Channels knows how to put his speed at every moment: hold on to the media or launch Borja Iglesias placeholder image Y Emerson. Saved put mortar where necessary and an interesting player appears, Guido Rodrguez. You have to follow it.
With his booklet he quickly took the ball in Valdebebas and made it very uncomfortable for Madrid to have it, with many difficulties to overcome the first line of Betic pressure. But the ball must be accompanied by bad intentions, not just good ones. Betis, very academic, was not very evil at the start, and that against Madrid is not a virtue, it is a sin. In the minutes in which he dominated the scene, he did not have to intervene Courteous. Bad business. The Belgian will do it later.
Zidane did not make an interwar team, although he awaits the Chelsea battle, because he does not have enough resources, nor is it the moment, given the imminent outcome in both competitions. A slip like this Saturday can leave you out, but it was inevitable to think that in La Liga Madrid does not depend on itself and in the Champions League, yes. He’s two shots from the end.
It is evident that this is in the minds of the footballers, to which was added the best tactical positioning of Betis. When those of ZZ were able to overcome it, the danger reached the area of Bravo, an old rocker of the confidence of Pellegrini, as well as a compatriot. At whatever speed, Madrid always spice up the games. Benzema He carries all the spices in his luggage. First he took dance steps in the area and, immediately afterwards, he tried the Betis goalkeeper, safe below. Little else, hardly anything, had to do Bravo in the first period, which ended under the downpour. Madrid prowls in their preserve, with a high free kick, in charge of Isco, another from Benzema, an attempt to Rodrygo and a clearance in time of Victor Ruiz. The return to the field was very different for everyone, opened with a shot to the crossbar by Rodrygo.
Zidane formed his team initially at 4-4-2, with the return of Carvajal, already as holder, Nacho in the opposite band, as a good boy for everything, and Rodrygo and Asensio in the bands, which alternated until the exit of the first one to enter Vinicius. The return of the first is key for Madrid, but the repetition of injuries, the last cause of a loss of more than two months, does not allow us to see the Carvajal we know yet. He was limited, without risking or being as deep as usual, which Madrid suffered. Either Modric, who recovered urgently from his back problems, performed at his level. Chelsea’s duel needs the Croatian in full, so he left the field before the end.
Depleted or not, Modric makes no resignation. In time he came to hinder the transition to the goal of Betis’s best action, started by Wool, a guy with a future, on the right, with the process of Canales and the hand in hand that Courtois avoided against Panda Iglesias. Emerson He had previously arrived in a second half more open to the exchange of blows for the needs of Madrid.
For that, Vinicius entered the field of play and then Marcelo, with the return of the team to the three centrals. The two intervened in a play that left the second in the lead up to the goal, but failed when he had everything in his favor. Neither the entry of Hazard, finer, nor the VAR in a possible hand in the Betic area allowed Madrid to overcome a draw that is like a capitulation.