Real Madrid closes in 2017 with a bitter taste. The reason, they must accept humiliated by Barcelona with a landslide score at home to their own, Santiago Bernabeu in El Clasico match.
El Clasico match was held on Saturday 23 December 2017.
Barcelona win the game with score of 3-0.
The victory that makes Barca increasingly mighty because now 14 points ahead of Madrid in the La Liga standings 2017/18 season.
Three goals Barca in this fight printed by Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Aleix Vidal. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo and his friends are not able to score a single goal.
At least, there are five reasons why Madrid can reap the shame on the game at home to their own. Based on several sources, the following Maxbet summarizes five reasons that make Madrid have to lose has been from Barcelona.
- False Formation and Composition of Players
The formation of players derived by Zinedine Zidane in El Clasico match is arguably quite surprising. It has a 4-1-3-2 formation from the usual 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 formation.
Interestingly, in this formation Zidane did not let down the pure winger or winger.
Instead Toni Kroos and Luka Modrid are forced to move more wide.
Meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic was chosen to be attacking midfielder.
Because of this Real Madrid attack formation can be read easily by Barca.
Three players in charge of supporting Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, there is no creative midfielder. For example, like Isco. In this case Kovacic be an inappropriate choice.
In addition, the attack from the wing is also very monotonous. Only rely on two wing defenders on self Dani Carvajal and Marcelo. In the first half, this situation can be read well by Barca. Similarly in the second half, especially before the inclusion of Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio.
- Emptiness in the wings sector
Madrid’s decision not to install winger or winger, forcing Dani Carvajal and Marcelo more moves to help the attack. They are very active attack to be able to supply the ball to Ronaldo and Benzema.
This situation was well control by Barca in the first round. Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba are not much forward. Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Buquets also swiftly positioned themselves as they both came forward.
The risk of aggressive Carvajal and Marcelo is a void in the wing sector of Madrid. This situation is then used by Barca in the second half. See graphics in the image above which shows the motion area of two wing defenders Madrid and Barca.
Barca attacks more use of empty space they leave behind. Not infrequently, created a situation four players attack Barca dealing with two players Madrid [Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane] or three [plus Casemiro]. Of course this situation is not ideal for Madrid.
- Blunder Kovacic
I do not know what Zinedine Zidane thought when deciding to choose Mateo Kovacic in such an important match, as against Barcelona. When Madrid need a victory to stay competitive in the title race.
Maybe, Zidane was happy by Kovacic action in two games against Barca in Supercopa Espana early in the season.
But Kovacic in Saturday’s game (23/12) night really became a dead card for Madrid.
He was hired as an attack regulator,
alternating with Luka Modric but it didn’t work properly.
From the record Whoscored, Kovacic off 34 bait during the game. But, none of the Croatian players bait is a chance for Madrid.
The biggest mistake Kovacic of course occurs in Barca’s first goal process. Ex-Inter Milan player, actually be the closest person to Ivan Rakitic who started Barca counterattack. But, he was moving away and unclear.
As a result, Rakitic has free space and this counterattack led to Barca’s first goal.
- Red Card Dani Carvajal
After Barcelona scored by Luis Suarez in the 54th minute, Zinedine Zidane seems to have prepared a response by including new players. Isco, Gareth Bale and Marco Asensio prepared for strike into the game.
Asensio and Bale is warming up to enter the match.
Both have taken off their jackets and stand on the edge of the field.
But, this plan is fail because in the minute of 63, Dani Carvajal get a red card. Carvajal deliberately touched the ball with his hand in the penalty box. Carvajal receive a red card and penalty for Barcelona.
Lionel Messi finally successfully perform the task as a penalty executor well.
Carvajal red card makes Bale and Asensio back to sit on the bench. Zidane must first enter Nacho Fernandez to fill the right-back position. A turn beyond the playing scheme.
Carvajal’s mistake is not just about red cards. The 25-year-old is also late down helping the defense on the creation of the first goal. Jordi Alba can go through Him very easy in many ways.
- Cristiano Ronaldo?
Cristiano Ronaldo could make a commotion ahead of the game El Clasico by asking Barca provide guard of honor to Madrid for their success to become World Cup champions Club 2017. But, Barca chose to reject it.
So, how the performance of Ronaldo throughout this fight?
Here are Ronaldo’s statistics taken from Whoscored:
- 1 key feed
- 0 dribells
- 5 kicks [1 on target]
- 27 feeds [22 accurate, 81 percent accuracy]
- 0 goals
- 0 assit
And, compare with Lionel Messi’s statistics taken from Whoscored following:
- 9 key feeds
- 8 dribbles [6 success passing through the opponent]
- 4 kicks [1 on target]
- 56 feeds [49 accurate, 88 percent accuracy]
- 1 goal [penalty]
- 1 assist
Other statistics taken from Squawka:
Ronaldo in this fight as working alone in the line of attack. Without a creative player in midfield, supply ball to Ronaldo is also very low. Marcelo who can provide accurate feedback guarded by Sergi Roberto.
Meanwhile, Messi in this fight undergo a free role. He can play freely in midfield, alternating positions with Paulinho. This makes the movement of La Pulga difficult to guess by the Madrid players.
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