Friday, 17 August 2018

No Ronaldo, No Trophy! Costa Madrid Defence

No Ronaldo, no Zidane and no trophy!

Before the UEFA Super Cup final on Wednesday, Real Madrid will face Atlético Madrid without Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

What we did not know was that the defending European champions would also present themselves in defenseless Tallinn.
The four backs of Madrid were unhappy, badly beaten by the brilliant Diego Costa, but finally defeated by their own incompetence.

With every 4-2 defeat of the 4-2 defeat at A. Le Coq, Real had at least one terrible mistake from the defensive point of view.

In this context, it would be wrong to attribute too much responsibility to Julen Lopetegui, especially in view of the usual pre-season hardiness and fatigue that the post-World Cup may have caused in the lack of blood. shocking of his players. debut for the new boss of the Blancos.

Indeed, not since Michael Keeping in 1948 had seen a Real coach see his team concede four times in his first game at the helm and that defeat had been inflicted by their rivals in the city only exacerbated experience.

Death, taxes and the victory over Atletico in the European final: these are the three constants of life for fans of Real. As a result, this loss will only aggravate the feeling of uneasiness among the faithful of Bernabeu before the new season.

The accumulation had been surrounded by sufficient uncertainty as far as they were concerned. How would Real play without Zidane? How will they do without Ronaldo? Why have their summer been stellar?

The last thing the Madrid supporters wanted to see was therefore a disorganized and disorganized presentation.

The strange and unsettling lack of solidity was evident from the start, with Real conceding the fastest goal in Super Cup history. Costa only needed 49 seconds to open the scoring, taking advantage of not one, not two, but three Real mistakes.

Sergio Ramos cut an unusually passive figure as the Atleti striker pushed him to win his own knock-on, while Raphael Varane was mistaken in rushing in a desperate attempt to stifle the danger, allowing Costa to nod. pass in front of him.

Even then, Costa was not allowed to score so sharply. His shot was violently hit but Keylor Navas was beaten unforgivably at his close post.

It was a goal that would have hit Costa Rica. With the new signing Thibaut Courtois inadmissible to play in Estonia, the Super Cup was an excellent opportunity for him to show he would not give up the race without a fight.

Instead, he simply gave Lopetegui a convenient excuse to drop him for the opening of La Liga this weekend against Getafe. The goalkeeper may not be the only one on the bench.

The longer the game, the more Varane went down and he was kicked by Koke on Atletico's third goal.

Of course, Ramos, who had beaten Real with a penalty, did not give any favor to his central defensive partner by putting him under pressure unnecessarily while he was facing his own goal.

Dani Carvajal also escaped Costa too easily in Atletico's fourth goal, while Marcelo tried to keep the ball in play before Costa's previous equalizer became a coincidence.

Before the match, the question was whether Real would have the same advantage without Ronaldo, but Marco Asensio has done enough to suggest a good season, while Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have joined forces for a great goal. reminder of their lasting class.

However, they were unable to fill the gaps of the defenders because Madrid conceded four goals against Atletico in the final for the first time.
The frightening thing was that they could have conceded more than goals, Real's dismal defense having been completely ignored by Casemiro's withdrawal 15 minutes before the end of regulation time.

Lopetegui had already spoken of forgetting the past to continue to make the history of the future. Really losing a first final in 18 years was certainly not what he had in mind.

Therefore, his present will not be to make more history, but simply to ensure that his new club Madrid begins its Liga campaign Sunday.

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