Real Madrid lose ground because of Remiro

Ancelotti’s men cannot (0-0) with a great Real Sociedad that knew how to suffer and also had its chances at the Bernabéu


Real Madrid could not (0-0) with Real Sociedad this Sunday in matchday 19 of LaLiga Santander held at the Santiago Bernabéu, a clash full of rhythm and chances, with Thibaut Courtois and Álex Remiro taking center stage, but without goals for benefit of a FC Barcelona that extends its income in the leadership.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team had moments of siege, with the force in the midfield of Fede Valverde and Dani Ceballos, plus the more than serious threat formed by Benzema, Vinicius and Rodrygo. However, Remiro made worthwhile saves, especially two one-on-ones with ‘Vini’, and Madrid had no aim to continue with the improvement in play and results that seemed to be channeling.

However, the Real was not a spectator at the Bernabéu. Despite the casualties, plus the injury during the Elustondo match to end up with a lot of youth players and players out of place, Imanol Alguacil’s team believed in their options and had them, also stopped by a providential Courtois once again.

The distribution of points moves Madrid a little further away from the leadership of a Barça in 47, compared to 42 for the whites. La Real, without Martín Merquelanz, Umar Sadiq, Mikel Merino, David Silva, Andoni Gorosabel, Barrenetxea or Ali Cho, showed the gene of recent years, capable of competing at the champion’s home to secure their third place (39).

After the defeat against Barça, the ‘txuri-urdin’ team maintained its great image and game, with the pinch of fortune to survive the delicate moments at the Bernabéu but without major errors. The alternative in the whites, in addition to Camavinga on the left side, was once again for the resurgence of Ceballos in the midfield and the Andalusian responded again. Madrid won balls under pressure and Vinicius liked throwing pipes.

Remiro’s posts saw a couple of good local chances come close, but Illarramendi also narrowly missed. The game was intense, also to stop the rival’s actions, which turned Ancelotti on on the wing. Before the break, Madrid had another one from Ceballos and, the clearest, from Vinicius after an error by Brais.

After the break, the Brazilian teamed up with Benzema but his shot met again with a Remiro who was even more inspired than the local forwards. In the round trip, with Madrid also testing from outside the area, Sorloth forgave for the visitors and Benzema missed a control when he was left alone.

The give and take made the goalkeepers and defenses shine, like Zubeldia’s removal of Rodrygo. It was Madrid’s moment, when the whites pressed harder in search of the goal so as not to let Barça escape from the lead, but in the worst times Real also drew strength and quality. Take Kubo got around the goal twice against Courtois and the Belgian keeper also saved a shot from Robert Navarro.

Bailiff already had the team with tweezers, without an Oyarzabal who still needs to get up to speed after his injury and Remiro avoiding a sung goal from Vinicus. Ancelotti then made his changes, put Modric and Asensio in, but the final rush was not as fierce as other moments of the night. Thus, Real savored a point of pride and Madrid lost two at home in a fight that now opens to five points.




REAL MADRID: Courtois; Nacho, Militao, Rüdiger, Camavinga; Kroos, Ceballos (Modric, min.78), Fede Valverde (Valverde, min.78); Rodrygo, Benzema and Vinicius.

REAL SOCIEDAD: Remiro; Aritz Elustondo (Olasagasti, min.66), Zubeldia, Le Normand, Aihen (Diego Rico, descanso); Zubimendi, Illarramendi, Brais (Robert Navarro, min.55), Kubo; Sorloth (Carlos Fernández, min.84) and Oyarzabal (Pablo Marin, min.55).

–REFEREE: Melero López (C. Andaluz). He admonished Nacho (min.41) by Madrid. And Zubimendi (min.27), Elustondo (min.65), Take (min.68) and Remiro (min-94) at Real.

–Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.