Real Madrid vs. Villarreal – Game Report – September 25, 2021


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Real Madrid vs.  Villarreal - Game Report - September 25, 2021

(EFE) .- A great approach by Unai Emery left a Real Madrid dry that was on the way to scoring records and only shot Villarreal once that ran into Thibaut Courtois in the first act and firmly defended the tie (0 -0), lowering the brilliance of the leader.

From his defeats at the Santiago Bernabéu, a cursed stadium for Unai Emery, where he had only scored once in his career, the coach learned lessons that he captured in an approach that reduced the effectiveness of Real Madrid in his stadium. Villarreal wanted the ball in a beautiful tactical duel, reinforced by the commitment to pure midfielders, with Capoue and Coquelin as Dani Parejo’s squires, and by poorly executed pressure by Ancelotti’s men.

The white team is comfortable from the vertical and with less possession than their rival, it was difficult for them to put the gear that unbalances the duels. With Rodrygo missing and Vinicius having difficulties to prevail over Juan Foyth’s marking. Emery’s team looked for Madrid’s weakness through the wings, with Nacho as a wild card on the left wing and Fede Valverde in a strange right-back position. Danjuma looked for him and in his boots was the first danger that Courtois saved with a great downward stretch.

Villarreal’s warning presented a first part of tactical toughness to the leader. A difficult encounter to decipher from a reduced time in each possession, without the success of Vinicius in the precision in the pass when he found a slight space, with Benzema having to shoot from outside the area to generate something and with Asensio looking for the perfect place to unsheathe his left foot in the title award after his exhibition against Mallorca.

The reality is that the danger was put by Emery’s team, with the impudence of Yeremy Pino on the right wing and another shot saved by Courtois, to Paco Alcácer. In the traffic jam, Real Madrid requested a penalty on a Nacho climb decisively until he was knocked down by Raúl Albiol. His team was not working and Ancelotti looked for solutions at the break. The center of the field was crying out for reinforcements and opted for Camavinga, with plenty of personality to change the face of the white team.

He achieved it in the minutes of greater Madrid superiority but without disturbing Rulli. No shots on goal until minute 82. Villarreal proved the reason for their three goals conceded in seven games. He defended himself judiciously but lacked ambition to go for the game. He reclined excessively despite not feeling almost overwhelmed.

Ancelotti’s tactical tweaks gave him more ball but his scoring festival did not return. From eleven goals in two games to nothing. Vinicius’s attempts were in vain, Benzema did not receive any balls and Asensio was diluted on the right wing. He turned to Hazard, without success.

Rulli’s first intervention came eight minutes from the end, to a header from Isco, and Nacho saved a worse result with speed, avoiding in the last second Peña’s heads-up against Courtois. Villarreal was the first team that knew how to disfigure Ancelotti’s team at the Bernabéu.


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