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Levante will be overjoyed with an excellent start to the season. The loss to Madrid leaves them in sixth, but I feel the squad's limitations are coming to the fore.
Juan Ignacio Martinez set his side up to draw against Sevilla. The manager got his wish, but the lack of attacking threat won't lend itself to success when we reach the season's conclusion. Thirteen goals scored this campaign remains the lowest out of La Liga's top 10 sides.
Aggression was an important factor against Madrid. Reckless tackles through in with alarming consistency and often resulted in dangerous free kicks being conceded. Of course, David Navarro's silly flick of the leg lead to Madrid gaining the penalty.
Seven Levante players finished the match with a booking—one of which wasn't on the pitch. When Pedro Rios received a yellow card on the bench, it summed up a lack of intelligence from the side.
They were here to ruffle Madrid's feathers. This mindset impacted the quality of their football, as basic drills were exchanged for hard-hitting force.
Levante have scored one goal in their last three games. It would be a shame to see the side plummet. If they continue to aim for safe results, they will never land a place in the Champions League.
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