Real Madrid vs. Malaga: 5 Things We Learned
Real Madrid failed to maintain their 10-point lead ahead of archrivals Barcelona, finishing the Malaga clash in a 1-1 draw. Guardiola's men will now try and push for the La Liga trophy, but Real Madrid still remain huge favourites to land the trophy.
Los Blancos were put ahead by a Karim Benzema goal, but Santi Cazorla's injury-time free kick restored the parity.
A truly disappointing match from Los Blancos.
Despite Scoring, Benzema Is Still Raw
Karim Benzema finally got a place in the starting XI after his injury kept him out of squad for quite some time. The Frenchman started the match brightly and managed to get on the score sheet.
Ronaldo's flick across the goal allowed Benzema an easy finish, but ever since, it appeared obvious he was still too raw. The Frenchman wasted a couple of great chances throughout the match, which eventually proved to be decisive.
Substituted five minutes before the end of the match.
Kaka's Inconsistency Is a Genuine Problem
With Angel Di Maria injured, Kaka had a decent run of games. Although he did have a good run of form, the Brazilian is still not the player he is expected to be.
Tonight, his inconsistency was once again displayed. Failed to create much-needed chances for his teammates.
Fading in and out of the match, Kaka was rightly substituted 25 minutes before the final whistle.
Perhaps giving Callejon more chances to prove himself wouldn't be so bad. After all, he is more consistent and younger than the Brazilian.
The Malaga Project Is Showing Results
A team dominating possession on Santiago Bernabeu? If you thought Barcelona, think again.
Malaga was one of the rare teams that didn't just come to defend a 0-0 score in Madrid. They were not fazed and afraid of the stellar players of Real Madrid and they entered the match bravely. Real Madrid often had to settle back hoping for quick counterattacks.
At the end of the night, Malaga's brave approach to the match earned them a point in the race for Champions League qualifications.
Their squad is perhaps not as stellar as the ones of Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid, but I wouldn't bet against Malaga ensuring Champions League qualifications after a match like this.
Lass Diara Can Play as a Right-Back
Yes, I hear you say he was not so great. But bear in mind that this was a rare game at right-back for him and that he needs to get a bit more familiar with this position.
A few shaky moments in the first half showed his inexperience. As the match progressed, he grew more confident and after all he had a decent match. Although he left a lot to be desired going forward, he performed his defensive duties rightly.
Real Madrid Over-Dependant on Ronaldo
When Ronaldo plays well, Real Madrid play well. Or at least, that seems to be the case.
Ronaldo's set pieces were disappointing and his finishing was below par tonight. The Portuguese was also too wasteful in front of the goal. In his defence, Caballero, the Malaga goalkeeper, did produce a fantastic display of his skills.
Even though he did get an assist, Ronaldo cannot be satisfied with his performance against the fearless Malaga side.
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