Real Madrid’s players received another unpleasant blow on Sunday after losing in the Champions League to Moldovan Sherif Tiraspol (1:2). In the eighth round of the Spanish League, they also lost 1: 2 to the rising star Espanyol Barcelona on the field, and in the highest Spanish competition, they finished the series without losing, which lasted 25 duels.
Italian coach Carl Ancelotti’s team has already won three matches in all competitions. However, he is still at the top of the list of results, ahead of Atlético de Madrid. “We played poorly. It was our worst match, and we have to admit it. It was no coincidence, we didn’t play well. There’s not much to say.
We couldn’t keep our balance and implement our tactics. We were not good with the ball or without the ball. During the national team’s break, we have to think about why the team changed its style this week.” The agency quoted AP Ancelotti.
Real Madrid started the season with six wins out of seven matches. A week ago in the league he just drew with Villarreal 0-0, then Tiraspol came and lost the chance to rehabilitate with Espanyol “White Ballet”. “It’s been a bad week. But we have to keep working and make some changes, especially in defence. We have a team that can play much better than in the previous three games”, “White Ballet” defender Nacho Fernandez said.
Real’s last loss in the league last season was at home with Levante 1: 2. He did not lose 18 consecutive matches on opponents’ courts in the competition at home, only one match separated him from breaking the club’s record. The team is still struggling with injuries, and Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy were unable to play on Sunday.
Espanyol won only the second league duel this season, the table is thirteenth. Real managed to defeat him for the first time in 14 years. “It was a great performance from our team. When you play against Real Madrid, you have to work hard until the last seconds,” Otherwise, said striker Raul de Tomas, a former Real player. He consolidated his lead by 2 – 0 when he scored from a penalty kick, placing the ball near the upper left corner.
Real French striker Karim Benzema scored in the 69th minute, but he did not pay the price for offside. After the break for another two minutes, Benzema was already on the list of shooters. A free kick outside the visitors penalty area in the 84th minute could have scored another goal, but Eden Hazard got a hand and passed the ball over the crossbar.
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