It took until the final 15 minutes, but Real Madrid eventually broke through Osasuna and Sergio Herrera and earned a 2-0 win thanks to Fede Valverde and Marco Asensio goals. Were Real Madrid really not thinking about Liverpool? Well, given the way Real Madrid played in the opening hour, it did seem like they were thinking about Liverpool at least a little. In the second half, though, Real Madrid dramatically upped the intensity and got the win. So, with Álvaro Rodríguez making such an impact, the question now is: will he play more games for the first team this season?
Real Madrid have ended 2022 with a victory, defeating Real Valladolid 2-0 on the road thanks to a couple of late Karim Benzema goals, the first of them from the penalty spot. Another tough game against Real Valladolid? In recent times, Real Madrid have found it tough when going up against Real Valladolid. Real Valladolid managed to withstand an early flurry of Real Madrid pressure, before finishing the first half strongly and starting the second half well too, creating some very good chances. Then, in the final moments, he controlled the ball perfectly and blasted past the Real Valladolid goalkeeper for the 2-0.2 months ago Managing Madrid
Courtois’ penalty heroicsRight from the off, Canada played as if they, and not Belgium, were the second-ranked team in the world. For the Real Madrid goalkeeper, this was yet another penalty save, his fifth from nine penalties faced in 2022. pic.twitter.com/0XumtvWI6a — Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 23, 2022Courtois might have been needed again, as Canada had two more serious penalty shouts after the missed one. Just a few minutes after the Courtois save, a poor Eden Hazard back pass went straight to Tajon Buchanan and he was seemingly tripped, but an offside was bizarrely given instead. A nice hour from Eden HazardIn the first half, Belgium offered almost nothing in attack apart from a couple of Batshuayi chances.4 months ago Managing Madrid
Real Madrid maintained their unbeaten start to the season by seeing off Sevilla and condemning them to a 13th defeat from their last 14 visits. 0.67: The combined xG of the 6 goals that Fede Valverde has scored in LaLiga this seasonAnother game, another wondergoal from Fede Valverde. It’s not the first time one of his goals has come from nowhere, and the sum total of his six LaLiga goals adds up to just 0.67 xG. Despite being considered one of the best in the game, he has conceded 2.83 goals per game against Real Madrid, rising to 3.33 goals per game when it takes place in the Spanish capital. During his previous stint at Sevilla, he faced Real Madrid on five occasions with two league meetings in addition to a two-legged Copa del Rey last 16 tie and a UEFA Super Cup final.5 months ago Managing Madrid
Real Madrid made it 8 wins out of 8 to begin the 2022/23 season, as they defeated Albanian side Vllaznia 2-0 in their UEFA Women’s Champions League Group Stage opener. Vllaznia defended extremely well in the first half, limiting Real Madrid’s offense and keeping the score at 0-0. The second half was a different story. Here are the full player ratings below:Starting XIGK: Misa Rodríguez — 6/10: Vllaznia failed to register a single shot during the game, which meant that Misa had nothing to do. She had a much-improved second half performance where she took on players with much more freedom.5 months ago Managing Madrid
Mallorca 1 - 0 Real Madrid (Nacho OG). pic.twitter.com/VQizDn6HKg — beIN SPORTS (@beinsports_FR) February 5, 2023Mallorca didn’t need to do more than that, given how well they defended and how lost Real Madrid looked on offense. Real Madrid’s first real chance (apart from a Marco Asensio missed penalty in the second half) came from a cross into Mariano in the box in the 69th minute. I lost count at how many fights broke out, and in particular Real Madrid’s left flank where Vinicius resided, was a nucleus of rough tackles and heated words. It’s clear that Mallorca won both the mental and tactical battle today, and it’s pretty clear that Real Madrid’s players had a hard time getting their head into this one.1 month ago Managing Madrid
Real Madrid returned to La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu against a new-look Jorge Sampaoli Sevilla side. Sevilla scored off one of their few opportunities. Dani Carvajal—6: A number of sloppy giveaways early in the first half as the right back may have misjudged the impact of the rain. Sevilla’s lack of speed gave Alaba and Militao the confidence to push the line extremely high with no real risk or consequences. Toni Kroos—8: Another day in the office for the German: 113 touches (game high), 97 passes at a 97% pass accuracy, 2 key passes, 5/5 long balls, and 2 completed tackles.5 months ago Managing Madrid
Only three players in the squad — Vinicius Jr, David Alaba, Fede Valverde — have played more minutes than the Frenchman in La Liga. That’s in part down to Tchouameni having a skill-set as the single-pivot anchor that no one else on the team has. He has slung the most through balls in La Liga, and ranks top-10 in both passes into the final third and goal-creating actions. Where he has been really encouraging is his ability to resist pressure:This play against Sevilla (below) was a personal favourite. Tchouameni has never been shy showing for the ball, and currently ranks eighth in La Liga in pass targets, being the recipient of 525 passes.5 months ago Managing Madrid