Villareal 1-0 Real Madrid: Five Talking Points
Villareal continue to be a stumbling block for Real Madrid.Real Madrid slumped to a new low as they went down 1-0 to Villareal at El Madrigal, missing a chance to close the gap at the top of the table. Summer recruit Roberto Soldado came back to haunt his former side as his early strike proved to be enough for the Yellow Submarine to claim all three points from the crucial tie, leaving Los Blancos in the lurch once again.After an emphatic victory on the final matchday of the Champions League that extended their winning run to five games since the Clasico humbling, Rafa Benitez’s charges failed to build on it which showed they still have a long way to go.The defeat left the whites five points off joint leaders Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, and plenty of issues to chew on until the following fixture next weekend.Here are some of the underlining talking points emerging from the game.
#1 Real Madrid blow it all up
With Barcelona letting slip a 2 goal lead to draw with Deportivo a day earlier, Real Madrid had a really bright chance to cut the arrears at the top to just 2 points and make their La Liga title race look gettable but blew away the glorious opportunity to remain some distance off the top two.
With Copa Del Rey already out of their reach after getting suspended from the competition for fielding an ineligible player in Denis Cheryshev, Los Merengues were left with only two fronts to play on, thereby increasing the pressure of delivering trophies.
Now instead of responding back sprightly in such a situation, the Madrid outfit still appear struggling to gain a foothold in the season. Something that should set the alarm bells ringing, at least by now.
All the five victories that the Merengues registered prior to this match were nickel-and-dime stuff, where they were very much expected to saunter their way to a win. But against a slightly better opponent like Villareal, their credentials would be put through the paces and the result isn’t positive.
With three defeats and three draws already, Real Madrid are in a spot of bother in the league and have to buck up before it’s too little, too late.