Real Madrid: Five reasons why Real Madrid lost to Real Mallorca
Real Madrid From James to Marcelo
Real Madrid were beaten for the first time in LaLiga Santander this season at Son Moix on Saturday night.
Lago Junior‘s early winner meant that Real Mallorca inflicted a painful defeat on a Real Madrid team plagued by injuries.
Luka Modric, Eden Hazard, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale all missed out, while Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane were rested.
However, injuries weren’t the only reason why Los Blancos suffered a defeat to a newly-promoted side.
This problem stems from Real Madrid‘s inability to bring in a central midfielder during the summer transfer window. In the absence of Modric and Kroos, Casemiro was isolated in midfield and wasn’t given much protection by James Rodriguez and Isco.
Zidane put out an extremely attacking line-up which consisted of Luka Jovic and Karim Benzema playing up front together. Benzema did very little throughout the match while Jovic did even less. The pair didn’t link up well and it proved Zidane wrong to use them together.
With Modric and Kroos missing, James was tasked with the job of taking the ball off Casemiro and the Real Madrid defence. His deep positions meant that he couldn’t do what he does best – arriving in the final third and making an impact. This wasn’t all his own fault, however, with Zidane taking some of the blame for his tactical set-up.
Mallorca scored with their only shot on target when, without the help of any midfielders, Alvaro Odriozola lost track of Lago Junior. For a team that aspires to win trophies, it was far too easy for Junior to find the net.
Everyone knows that the Brazilian isn’t entirely convincing defensively but, when he doesn’t offer his renowned attacking threat, there are question marks over whether he should be in the team at all.