Football is about cycles, ups & down moments & now its the turn of Real Madrid. The Best team in the World 7 days ago is now questioned after their defeat last night in Round 5 of LaLiga against Real Betis 0 - 1.

Why? Three games at home with 2 draws & yesterdays loss, but worst, they are 7 points from their main rival FC Barcelona which sits on top of the classification table. As habitual in Spanish Football when Real Madrid has a bad run, Barça is sitting pretty, & vice versa. 

Should Real Madrid fans be worried? I personally do not think so. The season has just started & the road is very long. Seven points is not at this moment a disaster & Real Madrid historically have come back to overcome such gaps.

The team is playing well, very well, but there are a few reasons which are hampering their success or accentuating their bad results in LaLiga

REASONS to consider:
  • The decisions of Zidane: The French Coach is not making optimal decisions & are making the team lose points. Zidane is not a "sacred cow" & we all make mistakes, but some decisions need analysis. The insistence on fielding Bale over Asensio is baffling, the Welsh is not in playing form. Isco needs to be on the field more & not substituted when the team needs him most. Yesterday, Zidane took off Modric to put more forwards when the team precisely needed more midfield control & management, Modric is a vital piece.
    In fact, the nerves of yesterdays situation was evident when in the last substitution for Mayoral there were 12 men on the field which the referee needed to point out to Zidane.
    The Real Madrid Coach wants everyone to play & "rotates" players, this is fine, but his choice & moments are currently not fine tuned.
  • Injuries & suspensions: Since the start of Liga Vallejo, Varane, Kovecic, Benzema, Theo & yesterday Marcelo have fallen. In the suspension cataegory, Ronaldo suffered 5 matched, Ramos & Marcelo also missed games & all in important moments.
  • Lack of goal: Real Madrid is not converting their many opportunities. Some say Real Madrid has´nt a real Nº9 and perhaps that´s true, that figure Morata, was sold to Chelsea FC. Some are remembering Mbappe not coming this season, even Morata, at this point. The dependence on Cristiano Ronaldo is strong & if the Portuguese is not in form (or suspended) the team suffers upfront. Lastly, Bale unfortunately at this moment is not the answer & should not be playing.
  • The Clubs week after week insistence on referee decisions being a factor in their defeats is counter-productive. This is a dead end road & is diverting the focus & concentration from the "real causes". Politically this maybe a good tactic but in reality its a no player.
  • Defensive mistakes: this is an ongoing problem. For seasons Real Madrid is loose defensively & their overall goal power upfront covers up cosmetically their defensive limits. This area needs to be worked more & especially their defensive lapses in concentration throughout games.
Said all this, a string of victories will put all this into the past. It may well be just bad luck, a downer period which every Football team goes through or a bad collective psychological period. Sure things are about to change for the better soon & quicker if the about points are taken into account.

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