Real Madrid was held to a surprise draw this weekend as the Madrid stars failed to finish multiple opportunities. Los Blancos have now dropped four points in their last two games, but what is of most concern is that both games have come at home.
With Lucas Vasquez drawing the game level in the 36th minute, Real have now scored in 71 consecutive games, but it still wasn’t enough to walk away with all three points during Week 3 of La Liga.
In the second half we slightly improved but still we can’t be happy about today’s game. -Zidane on Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw
Ivan Lopez gave the visiting side a shocking lead in the 12th minute from a set-piece corner which left Dani Carvajal looking for the ball like a young boy looking through a ‘Where’s Waldo’ book.
Zinedine Zidane’s men have now fallen into sixth place and four points off current league leaders Barcelona. RealSport takes a look at three things we learn from Los Blancos’ draw on their last outing.
1 Karim Benzema off-beat once more
With Real failing to pick up points two weeks in a row now, the Frenchman has also seemed to have dropped in form.
Karim Benzema has received a lot of criticism for missing numerous opportunities that a striker of his calibre should put away.
Over the last two weeks of play, Benzema has taken nine shots and only three have made it to the target. In addition, he has been dispossessed four times.
It may be harsh to pull up tough stats on the attacker, but his inability to finish has left Madrid hanging dry.
Unfortunately, the problem does not end there. In the 28th minute, the striker picked up a thigh injury forcing him to come off. It is rumoured that he will miss the next four to six games.
2 Crisis worsens as Marcelo suspended
Marcelo was shown a straight red in the 89th minute due to a tussle in the box where the Brazilian kicked out at Levante midfielder Lerma.
This lack of maturity by the vice-captain of Madrid adds yet another blow to a dreadful start to their season.
According to AS, Marcelo is likely to be handed a two-to-four game ban, which will most likely be challenged by Real Madrid.
Though a shortened sentence is possible, Theo Hernandez will show if he has what it takes to fill the left back position.
3 Gareth Bale is so close, yet so far
Bale was just as frustrating this week against Levante as Benzema last week against Valencia. With wonderful crosses coming into the Welshman, he could get his head on the ball, but not in the back of the net.
Madrid fans weren't asking for the world (at least not yet) but seeing their big money man miss opportunities he has sealed with a DHL express stamp before was beyond frustrating.
One after the other his chances were inches from going in and the game is won based on how many times the ball is placed in the back of the net, not how close you can get to it.
With the whistles from the faithful, down a striker and no Ronaldo, Bale needs to step up now more than ever.
This weekend was not an easy one for Real and their fans. Sitting so far down the table in just the third week of play is not promising given you are the current title holders.
Zidane will need to have his squad running like a fine-tuned engine as their hopes of retaining the Champions League title kicks off this week. Now chasing two titles, health and fitness amongst all players will be of utmost importance.
Cristiano's return will be a huge confidence booster for the squad as Madrid have lacked a sixth sense in the attacking third and CR7 will do what is needed of him.
Is it time to sound the alarm at the Bernabeu? Or does Zidane have things under control? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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