Real Madrid C.F 3-2 Levante UD : 5 Talking Points and Tactical Analysis | LaLiga 2019/20
Real Madrid C.F hosted Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu in what was an early kickoff. The Los Blancos won the game 3-2 and accumulated three crucial points to keep the pressure on league leaders, Atletico Madrid.
Karim Benzema scored a brace and Casemiro scored the third for Zinedine Zidane's side. Meanwhile, Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero were on the score sheet for Levante. Los Blancos were unplayable in the opening half but the visitors crept their way back in the game into the second half.
The Frenchman broke the deadlock in the 25th minute and what followed was just a Los Blancos masterclass. Toni Kroos, Casemiro and James Rodriguez's midfield trio were toying with Levante in the center of the park, whereas Vinicius Jr, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal lit up the flanks and gave Paco Lopez' men no chance in the first 45 minutes of the game.
#5 Vinicius Jr needs to work on his finishing and final pass
The Brazilian may be a star in the making but to reach the peak, he needs to work on his finishing skills. The teenager is often impulsive and makes the wrong decisions in the final third.
Vinicius Jr. created all kinds of trouble for Levante but could have had a goal or two to his name. The 19-year-old missed two big chances and denied Eden Hazard his first assist in Real's jersey. Had he been patient, he could have slotted in the cutback from the Belgian. He had five shots of which he could have easily scored 2. Although he did slot one in the back of the net, it was ruled offside.
The Brazilian is currently on a learning curve and will definitely mature with time. Apart from his finishing, he had a great game as he constantly kept switching flanks to confuse Levante's defenders and his chemistry with Marcelo and Benzema was unreal.
Vinicius Jr. also set up Casemiro with an inch perfect low lying cross to give Real Madrid their third of the afternoon.