It looked like business as usual for Real Madrid last night as they raced to a 2-0 lead over Real Sociedad. First Sergio Ramos netted, then old friend Gareth Bale scored putting Madrid in what looked like a relatively unassailable lead.
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Real Sociedad were trading at 200/1 on BetFair after Bale’s goal and the three points looked like they were on their way back to the Bernabéu.
Not so fast.
Madrid have spent an estimated £225 million so far to prepare for this ’14/’15 season and a tilt at La Liga and the Champions League. It would appear they might need to cough up a few more bucks to get things right at the back at least.
Real Sociedad took a deep breath after falling 0-2 down, and tore into Madrid’s shaky backline to the tune of 4 goals. The defending in each needs to be seen to be believed.
First Iñigo Martínez snuck in behind Ramos to tap home. ‘Snuck’ is a very strong word, you have to wonder what was going through Ramos’s head here as he day-dreams, watching the ball flicked on and then turning to see Martínez slot home gleefully.
With Madrid clearly shaken the 2nd Sociedad goal wasn’t long coming. Perhaps most alarming for Madrid on David Zurutuza’s equaliser is that they had 8 players in defensive positions, unfortunately not one of them bothered picking up Zurutuza’s run from midfield. Cracking header either way.
The 3rd goal, David Zurutuza’s 2nd, features some of the worst defending you could imagine. The Madrid defenders look as if they are taking part in a no-contact training drill on a lazy Tuesday morning session. Sociedad are allowed tap the ball around at will, and eventually cross in for the easy finish. Madrid are literally sleepwalking for this one.
By the time Carlos Vela bashes home the 4th and final goal of the match there is very little left to be said. Just watch this for shambollic defending. Madrid are nothing short of pathetic on this corner coverage.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Accrington Stanley would be embarassed to see video of themselves playing like that at the back. Looks like there is a few more euros to be spent as yet at Madrid if they plan on winning anything this season.