Welcome to the cfrealmadrid.com. Today we are doing Match Review of Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao that was played in La Liga Santander on Matchday 18. The match covered in countless missed opportunities, three posts and consecutive second draw. We could not compete ourselves with Barcelona in La Liga points race. Madrid looked tame in Athletic clash and missed two crucial points. Madrid are at 37 points with second spot in the league table after playing 8 matches overall.
It is ultimately felt that something is missing in the Madrid’s artillery although we are unlucky but that is not a reason. We direly need a goal scorer. There is too much reliance on few players. We have to find ways to carry forward ourselves in next stage of this season. Being a fan, it is very disappointment when your team could not ended the year in a good note. Madrid missed a genuine goal scorer. Injuries have also thrashed this season. This was the consecutive goalless draw of Madrid after many years. Let’s have a look at the match review in detail.
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao-Match Review:
We are so unfortunate that the ball hit the posts three times. Toni Kroos hit the underside of the bar in the first half. While Nacho scored another with a header but it could not find nets in the midway of the second half. Adding to it, Real Madrid felt great agony as Jovic Hit inside of the post with glancing nod with Carvajal’s cross. Referee did not bother about the tackle to Mendy in Basque penalty area which was a confirmed penalty. However everything went bad for us.
At the other end, Bilbao goal was disallowed after the offside call of Kenan Kodro. The substitute Asier Villalibre had their best few minutes of the second half. He drilled his effort wide of the target. As a result, Los Blancos fall two points off the pace of Barcelona at the top of the table.
Thibaut Courtois started the match for Real Madrid in no.1 spot. The Belgian kept clean sheets. He is becoming our most trusted keeper with every new game played. Courtois made an important save in the dying minutes of the game, helping us to get one point.
Sergio Ramos and Miltao started in the centre of defense. Militao was forced off with his eye injury. Nacho replaced him and did a good job to provide resistance in defending against Bilbao. Sergio Ramos got a booking and will misses next match. Sergio Ramos however tried to play upfront as a striker in many moves and set pieces but all in vain.
Casemiro did not play this match because of suspension. So, Valverde was adopted in his role. He slotted deep into the park. Valverde, the 21-year-old played brilliantly. There was tackles, interceptions, 3 complete dribbles and absolute composure from him in the game. In the midfield, the veteran Kroos and Modric was there. Both tried their effort and compensated bad passing of the inexperienced forwards with their class but could not able to turn tables against Athletic Club. The shot of Toni Kroos hit the goal post. He was unlucky last night.
Zidane put inexperienced young Brazilians on the wings with Karim Benzema. Vinicius and Rodrygo both played on the flanks. Rodrygo had some amazing moments in the match with his two beautiful crosses in front of penalty area to Benzema which found goalkeeper in both occasion. While Vinicius Jr., It was great to watch with all those dribbles, but still very raw to be our first team player.
Karim Benzema, French striker, failed to complete the most important task of any striker which is to score. He had 4 shots on target with 3 key passes. He completed 3 dribbles but remained goalless. In short, I must say that there is too much reliance on Karim Benzema. The players like Bale, Isco have to step forward and score goals otherwise it will be very hard for us to go deep in the European Championship.
We struggled to get 3 points against Bilbao.We could not keep the pace with Barcelona in La Liga competition. We really have to sort out our problems in this Winter transfer window. Well Guys, this is it from Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Review. Let us know your thoughts and feedback in the comments below. We shall meet soon with the Review of the game. Until next time, Hala Madrid!