La Liga: Villarreal the Better Side in Draw with Real Madrid
Real Madrid visited Villarreal in the return from the international break to La Liga action and could only manage a 2-2 draw.
The first half was commenced brightly by the home side who actually scored to go 1-0 up but could have been up by as many as three. Gio Dos Santos, Jonathon Pereira, Rogerio Cani and Juan Aquino led a four-man front line for the home side in a 4-2-4 which is why they were able to trouble the Real defense.
Madrid themselves started both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo who played in the right and left flanks respectively in their usual 4-2-3-1 but a goal each was all either could muster.
Isco tried to be good on the ball as he help possession but his passing was not there till late on when it was no longer sufficient enough. Also, he did run back to retrieve possession after being the one responsible for losing it.
Keeper Diego Lopez faced his old time for the first time after joining Real last season and he made a plethora of saves to keep his side in the game. If it weren’t for him, Madrid could have easily lost 4-2 or even 5-2.
Allowing Mesut Ozil to leave has taken away most of the creativity of Real’s game. Isco is being asked to run back constantly as well as create offensively. He is only 20, but the kid is more of an attacking player. With a player like Sami Khedira available, he should have started behind Isco but he was rested after playing both of Germany’s WC qualifiers.
Real have a game in Istanbul this upcoming Tuesday as they will face Turkish champions Galatasaray in their UCL group opener. The last time they were there, they started out brightly but lost 3-2 after a flurry of goals from the home side. If they play like they did against Villarreal, they will definitely lose. However, if they start the right guys and play some creative soccer, they can easily win in Turkey.