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Real Madrid: Lack of Discipline And Urgency Cost European Champions At Real Sociedad

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Real Madrid dropped a two-goal lead against a Real Sociedad side which was definitely in it to win it. The second game in the 2014-15 season of La Liga brought about not only an epic comeback, but a well-deserved win for a side that had not defeated Real Madrid in the past 10 seasons. Today, Real Sociedad fought hard to cement a final score of 4-2.

Real Madrid was without Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the most influential player in their ranks. Isco started in his place, but was unable to have the same influence as he is more of a central or attacking midfielder who would rather pass the ball instead of playing for himself. He did not have the best assistance from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale, who stopped playing his game after the team doubled the early lead.

The defense was extremely weak as once again left back Marcelo kept pushing forward and tried to complete the job of a winger. In addition, Dani Carvajal literally watched a player on Sociedad cross the ball perfectly to a teammate in the middle to head home past another poor performer, keeper Iker Casillas.

Getting beaten on the wings by a young team will almost always come back to haunt a team. Carvajal could be dropped as veteran Alvaro Arbeloa defends as much as he attacks, if not more. The injury to Fabio Coentrao is the main reason why Marcelo starts at the left back position. If Coentrao is to be sidelined for some more time, bringing in player on loan to fill that void could be beneficial.

Having a goalkeeper who expects his defense to play perfectly will also not make matters easier in a championship race. Casillas needs to be benched in favor of Keylor Navas, the man who led Costa Rica to the quarterfinals in the 2014 World Cup this past summer.