Santiago Solari’s hapless Real Madrid were handed a shock 0-2 defeat by a relentless Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night. A third-minute Willian Jose penalty and Ruben Pardo’s thumping 83rd-minute header saw the visitors pick up a famous win in Madrid, forcing Los Blancos to slip down to fifth in the league table.
Here are three things we learned from Real Madrid’s first defeat of the year.
3. Marcelo’s Poor Form
Over the years, Marcelo has established himself as one of Real Madrid’s primary attacking inspirations, but this season, he has looked like a defensive liability. In the 2-2 draw at Villarreal, both the Yellow Submarine’s goals came from Marcelo’s flank, capitalising on his reluctance to track back.
Against Sociedad, the misery continued. He lost his man in the opening minutes of the match, forcing Casemiro to commit and ultimately foul Mikel Merino inside the area. The left-back also lacked the attacking edge and hardly caused any problems at his favourite end of the pitch.
2. Sociedad Awarded for their Courage
Sitting just a few points above the drop zone, Real Sociedad, had a mountain to climb at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night, but thanks to their relentless pressing and courageous attacking play, they came out with a famous win – their first in over a decade – at the Bernabeu.
Madrid came at them on a number of occasions, but their defence held firm and hardly allowed the visitors a free pass. Lucas Vazquez’s second-half red card helped them get a more solid foothold, which was reflected through Ruben Pardo’s reassuring 83rd-minute header.
1. Vinicius Shines
Last night, Real Madrid put up one of the worst performances of their season. They did not know what to do when Sociedad had the ball, and hardly looked convincing when they were in possession themselves. However, amid the gloom and doom, there still was one tiny speck of hope for Los Blancos – their youngest player in the squad, Vinicius Junior.
As expected, the Brazilian still needs to work a lot on his passing and decision making, but the 18-year-old was the only Madrid player on the pitch who made the Sociedad defenders earn their keep.