Real Madrid seem determined to not win LaLiga Santander this season. Saturday’s loss against Alaves means that they’ve picked up just one point from the last nine on offer, and they now have to travel to Sevilla and then welcome Atletico Madrid.
Madrid have scored three goals in their last thee games, though their attitude cannot be questioned, having shown time and again that they have the desire to get results, but they’re just coming up short.
On top of that, they weren’t helped by Eden Hazard’s latest injury, VAR issues, Thibaut Courtois’ mistake and Isco’s shot off the crossbar in the last second.
So, LaLiga Santander looks like it’s in Atletico Madrid’s hands. Diego Simeone’s side are a rock, but Zinedine Zidane’s team fall apart in the slightest wind.
In the 28th minute, Hazard had to come off. The Belgian fell injured again.
He’s had no luck since joining Real Madrid, already suffering six injuries and a coronavirus absence as well.
This latest issue is a muscle problem that could see him out for a few weeks. It’ll soon be a year and a half since he joined, and he still hasn’t started yet.
Sergio Ramos, Fede Valverde and Karim Benzema also have their problems.
Real Madrid have conceded five penalties in their last three games, which draws attention.
But one wasn’t awarded to Los Blancos for a hair pull on Marcelo, though VAR and the officials looked the other way.
Courtois has had problems in the last month. He’s still playing at a good level, but he’s made two mistakes for Madrid now that have proven costly, as well as an error with Belgium.
He gave away a penalty against Villarreal, and against Alaves he gifted them their second goal.
He did, though, do well to deny Lucas Perez in either half.
One point from the last nine on offer.
Next, Madrid visit Sevilla and then host Atletico. LaLiga Santander is already starting to slip away.
Sergio Ramos’ screams from the stands could be heard on television.
The captain was his teammates’ biggest and loudest fan. It hurts him to not be on the pitch, and that was clear to see.
Isco came within inches of a leveller in the last second, only to see his curling effort clip the crossbar.
It was his best moment in the game, and also in LaLiga Santander this season.
He showed with that move that he still has something to offer the side as long as he’s still at the club.
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