Real Madrid 3-2 Villarreal: 3 Tactics from Zinedine Zidane which won the game for Los Blancos
Real Madrid hosted Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday and the home side came away with a 3-2 win. For Madrid, the goals were scored by Mariano Diaz and Jesus Vallejo. For Villarreal, the goals were Gerard Moreno and Jaume Costa.
In the first half, Madrid took an early lead as Mariano Diaz took his chance with a brilliant side-foot finish. Villarreal though equalized through Moreno's shot from just outside the box which beat Thibaut Courtouis. Before the half time whistle, Vallejo gave Madrid the lead after the ball pinballed in the Villarreal box.
In the second half, Madrid made their domination count as Diaz scored his second on the day. Villarreal got a late constellation as Costa beat Courtois from just outside the box again. All in all, it was a great performance from Zidane's men and in this slideshow, we take a look at the three tactics that won Real Madrid the game:
#3 Playing Mariano Diaz as the false nine
This is something we have seen from Karim Benzema as he often drops into midfield for the build-up play and against Villarreal, it was something that Mariano was doing very often. Mariano is a striker who always seems to find himself in goalscoring positions but on Sunday, we also saw the other side of Mariano's play.
He also scored two goals which just state my fact of him being a bonafide goal scorer. His first goal was a brilliant finish from the outside of his foot, while his second goal was a tap in. Diaz hasn't really proved himself of being worthy of that number 7 at Real Madrid but he also hasn't had many opportunities.
Diaz should be getting his opportunities after a performance like this and who knows, the young striker might even prove to be worthy of that number 7.