Real Madrid lost from Girona 1 – 2 (Casemiro, Stewani, Portu). Here's our quick reaction. Still forthcoming: Player ratings, tactical review and post-game.
Following the promotion of Marco Asencio in Amsterdam, where he constantly moved behind the rows, he worked hard, winning the ball high on the pitch shot by the five-goal team in just 18 minutes, and scored the winning goal; Solaris rewarded the young Spanish winger by taking him to Girona at lunch at Santiago Bernabeu.
While Asenso and Marcello may have been just a way of rotation of Solari in a tough month ̵
This opened a space to switch the field of Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Odriozola – theoretically. Real Madrid's passes from this side were not so fruitful (some inaccurate), but if they had been able to hit passes in that country consistently, they could have replaced Girona's defense line to get them out of shape. Portu, who spent a lot of time on the left, actually took his finger to the Horizons, and attacking and defensive, which helped Girona lift that wing.
Real Madrid was not spectacular in the first half. , but they were effective in their press (three times they were missed by Girona in their construction, and twice when they had a chance to score – drawn from Kurto, Ramos and Varane). Tournament progress improved as the midfielder grew and Ceballos became the match after Real Madrid scored a goal through a diagonal cross of the Kroos and Casemiro header in the traffic:
All problems of Real Madrid came after half time. Intensity in the press has fallen, the defensive transition has been fragile, and the Solarians have given up their possession without closing the vertical flaws.
Girona sent his first alarm when Aleix Garcia's rebound from the cross (Ramos and Varane failed to close Garcia on time and had some help in defense). Then, in a similar sequence (crossed to the far post on the right), Ramos was called for handball in the box. Portou equalized from the place:
Girona was still coming and even pushing high on the pitch to annoy the accumulation of Real Madrid – which makes the people of Solaris (again) struggle to cope with the pressure coming from the back.
In the 75th minute Portu put Girona ahead. Marcello had to react more quickly to the far post:
Girona came back and now leads Real Madrid!
– Continent (@otcpod) February 17, 2019
After Real Madrid there was not much. They are more likely to admit a third than to catch up, and besides some dangerous drives and cuts from Vinicius, and the strange chance of Bale, Solari's men just did not look great in the second half.
Just to erase some salt in the wounds, Sergio Ramos picked up a second yellow card for a dangerous game – a heavy call in which he tried to kick a bicycle and put Stuani in the process. points – not a great look, not a happy morning for fans of Real Madrid who woke up in the dawn of the West Coast.