Real Madrid’s crisis continues as they lost 2-1 to Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. With that loss, they have now only gotten three points from a possible nine and something needs to change.

Starting Lineup:

Carlo Ancelotti didn’t really surprise anyone with his starting lineup as he felt they were good enough to overcome a resilient Atletico Madrid team. The starting lineup consisted of:

Iker Casillas [C], Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrao, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema

Scorers:

Real Madrid –
Cristiano Ronaldo (26′)

Atletico Madrid –
Thiago Mendes (10′)
Arda Turan (76′)

Defensive Worries:

The same problem still persists at Real Madrid as their defending seems to have gotten even worse this season. When it comes to set-pieces, Los Merengues have never been able to really find a way in order to defend them. With some world-class players at the back, this should not even be a problem but somehow, it is a problem that none of the previous few managers were able to make work. Carlo Ancelotti will need to concentrate on this because it could surely be the end of us.

Title Hopes? Not Like This!

Real Madrid started off this season in search of six possible titles. At this moment, they have been able to win one (UEFA SuperCup) and lose one (Spanish SuperCup). The loss won’t matter if they are able to show improvement and hunger in order to win any of the next possible titles. But, with the way that they played against Atletico, I personally don’t see us as title contenders whatsoever. I understand that it’s still early and therefore we really need to find a way to fix the problems and start fighting before even more points are lost.

Cristiano Ronaldo:

With one goal in the game (which came from a penalty), Cristiano Ronaldo was easily the best player for Real Madrid on the night. He was always active and always trying to find ways to either score or help his team. That doesn’t really do too much when you have players who are not as motivated and simply don’t seem as though they are up for the challenge. As I mentioned earlier, things really need to improve.

Chicharito:

For the last half an hour of the game, Javier Hernandez “Chicharito” was able to make his debut for Real Madrid after joining the club on loan from Manchester United. Unfortunately, he really didn’t have the opportunity to make any major impact but there is a lot expected from the Mexican striker. He will definitely need some time to adapt and hopefully we will be able to see some great performances from him during the season.

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Where To Place The Blame?

Two extremely important Real Madrid players have left the club (Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso) but that is simply no excuse to how they have been playing so far. Carlo Ancelotti said that he feels the team has improved this season and, even though I completely disagree with that statement, he needs to defend his words and prove that on the pitch. We don’t have any major injuries other than Daniel Carvajal and therefore they cannot be using that as an excuse either. With many people trying to find individual players to blame, I personally feel that the blame should be put on the team as a whole. They need to unite and improve together in order to come out with the performances that we were able to witness last year.

We Must Begin Now:

With a midweek fixture in the UEFA Champions League against Basel, Real Madrid need to start showing improvement there. With a team such as this, the room for failure is extremely small and now, after losing two consecutive games in La Liga, they will need to come out fighting since all eyes are definitely on them. Do the tactics need to change? Maybe. All I know right now is that something major needs to be worked on and Carlo Ancelotti needs to find out what it is as soon as possible.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Iker Casillas: 8/10
Alvaro Arbeloa: 7/10
Pepe: 7.5/10
Sergio Ramos: 7.5/10
Fabio Coentrao: 8/10
Toni Kroos: 7/10
Luka Modric: 6.5/10
Gareth Bale: 7/10
James Rodriguez: 7/10
Cristiano Ronaldo: 8.5/10
Karim Benzema: 6/10

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