News Some perspective on the recent form of Real Madrid

Some perspective on the recent form of Real Madrid


After the demolition of Galatasaray last night, it would be reasonable to say that the end of October and the beginning of November went as well as any Madridista could have hoped. Although Barcelona is still on the league table, the difference between the two sides remains just a handful of goals and Los Blancos has also recovered somewhat in the group stage of the Champions League, where Real continues to look for the best spot.

And in whatever style they did it! Three wins, four zero and 12 goals. Last night's victory marked the first time that Madrid held their opponents scoreless in four consecutive games since September 2015, the 6-0 victory being the second time that Madrid wins by five or more, corresponding to the times they have by such a margin by won the entire game from last season. For the context, Madrid managed to win five or more four times during the 2017-18 season and five times the season before.

Zinedine Zidane may be the subject of much honest criticism of how he approached his second managerial term, but at the very least he has brought a sense of comfort back to games where Real is going as heavy favorites. In bringing back this feeling of comfort, it is now again important for fans of Madrid to draw conclusions from these four games with a good pinch of salt.

Great wins are always great, but the quality (or lack thereof) of Galatasaray and Leganes in particular have played a major role in the margins of those wins. Both parties had a pretty sad start to the season with Leganes rock bottom from LaLiga and Galatasaray are in the seventh in the SuperLig. Although both teams have let Real work in the past for a win, their overall record is pretty bad. After seven meetings, Leganes still has to beat Madrid in LaLiga, while Galatasaray has won only two games in the European competition since 2014.

On the field, both parties offer little resistance to their hammer blows, which brings up two of the softest screens I have seen from a traveling side for a long time (see this for the worst version I have seen). Their substandard versions are also reflected in the Xg, where they managed 0.74 between them and gave 8.91.

This may all seem like a buzzkill, but it is a necessary discussion given some of the takeaway meals from the four games, especially around the young players. Both Rodrygo Goes' and Fedrico Valverde's stock has increased dramatically due to their recent performance, but they are sitting on a pedestal that occupied Vinicius not long ago and, like their teenage teammate, they will inevitably hit a heavy patch.

That patch may not come until next season or it may come in the very near future. After the trip to Eibar this weekend, Real organizes a Real Sociedad on the Bernabeu for a crunch collision against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League. A trip to Alaves and the visit of Pablo Machin will create more than a few obstacles in the near future with back-to-back-to-back matches against Valencia, Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

There is nothing wrong with enjoying how the last four games went, nor giving credit where it stands. However, perspective is crucial, especially in the long term with even more difficult testing.


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