Judging by the result, one would suppose that Real
Madrid had an easy problem-free win smashing their
opponent because , well, they are Real Madrid. But,
the reality is the exact opposite. The team didn’t break
their Madrid neighbors’ defense until 63′ which, by the
way, is very late for the huge difference in everything
between the two sides.
Modric-Less Real is colourless.
Well, I could write about this after any match were Luka
is absent so, why not this one ?!
Since Modric was injured, the team didn’t look as strong
or as fearsome as they were before. Even worse, they
didn’t look as a coherent destructive unit. Los Merengus
had a few low-performance wins , one draw and a couple
of losses.Now, neither myself nor anybody else can deny
Isco’s great performances. He is sensational on the ball,
very consistent and he puts more effort than most, if not
all, other players every game. However, you don’t use a
diamond to cut your hair, and you can’t blame it for that.
It’s just not the Spaniard role and it doesn’t fit his qualities
(or vice-versa .. whatever). Yes,Toni Kroos commands
the midfield but Modric is the player to move up and down
in order to connect the team all-together. Something the
team is obviously missing at the moment. He is also the
“mercury element” of the team which allow the team to
play within tight spaces and defensive lines rather than going
around it like if it was an unbreakable block, a scene Real
Madrid followers have been accustomed to in the last few
And then, such an important player in such a team is not among
the top 23 players list nor Fifpro XI. FIFA never fails to fail.
Ronaldo’s Great Strengths
The match surely was not a show of the stellar skills of
Cristiano Ronaldo. It was rather a show of some of his
most important strengths that put the Portuguese a few
steps ahead of the others. They always say winning even
in bad days is what separates big teams, it shows ” the
spirit of champions” .That applies to individuals too. And
at the moment, Ronaldo is at the top ranking when it comes
to that. He is the only player in the world who you can
almost guarantee that he will have a goal or an assist no
matter how bad he performs.The match against Getafe was
no exception. Although it was a continuation of Ronaldo’s ”
bad” form in 2015, he still managed to score a brace. The
second strength was shown in a play rather than the match
as a whole. I said it before, I say it again : off-ball movement is
Ronaldo’s most important technical advantage. In the play
of the first goal, Isco and James were considerably closer
than him to the danger area. But, Who was the player that
got their at the end ? That’s right, Cristiano Ronaldo. He
ran from the flank to slide just in the right place to put the
ball into the net. You can call them “tap-ins” forever but,
there is surely a secret behind them coming so consistently.
What Fans Should Expect From Bale
Watching players like Barcelona’s Neymar doing all kinds
of skills, Real Madrid fans could be “disappointed” for
not seeing Bale be as good on the ball. Other fans,
neutral or not, may even use it as an argument for the
Brazilian superiority over the Welsh. The same can be
said about Ronaldo compared to Messi, although the
Portuguese is surely better on-ball than his team-mate.
I think it should be understood that Bale and Ronaldo
are more, much more in fact, of pragmatic players.
They will use the “simplest” and shortest way to do
what they need to do. Their advantage comes from
their versatility, technical ability in hard situations and
constant smart and explosive movement rather than
their ability to take down multiple defenders. Bale’s
second goal is a good example. He made an excellent
run and then beat the goalkeeper with a simple touch.
Why complicate it if it works ?
The team bought Bale for his ability to score and assist
consistently to decide matches, not for a complete 5-
star performances. Otherwise, it would be a stupid step.
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