It was going to happen sooner or later and it finally did. Real Madrid have gone 40 consecutive games without a loss but Sevilla were able to make it happen as they came out with a 2-1 win to stay in second place.
After the Copa del Rey second-leg match against Sevilla, Zinedine Zidane felt the need to make a few changes as he came out with a surprising 3-5-2 formation on the night. The starting lineup consisted of:
Keylor Navas, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos [C], Nacho Fernandez, Daniel Carvajal, Marcelo, Carlos Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema
Sergio Ramos [OG] (85′)
Stevan Jovetic (92′)
Real Madrid –
Cristiano Ronaldo (67′)
With practically every person on the stands jeering him every time that he touched the ball, Sergio Ramos had the quite the perfect game until the 85th minute where some misunderstandings near the goal lead our captain to scoring an own goal and give Sevilla the boost they needed to fight for all three points. Twitter went absolutely insane in criticism of a man who is one of the main reasons we have been able to go 40 games without a loss and a player who has done so much for this club that it would be ridiculously foolish of us not to look past it as just a mishap that happens in this game.
An extremely forgettable night for Cristiano Ronaldo as his only positive memory would be the penalty he scored to put Real Madrid ahead. Other than that, his misplaced passes, failed dribbles, and surprisingly easy-to-save shots were a summary of what he went through on the night. It’s surprising to me that he lasted the full 90 minutes on the pitch but I guess Zidane was hoping for a moment of magic which never arrived.
Real Madrid have lost their first match in 41 games as the record is now set at 40. I’m not going to lie, a small part of me hidden deeply behind many different emotions is actually very happy. Having the pressure of extending the record was a pressure on us that no one really needed. Now, Los Merengues get to start again on a new slate and show their capabilities. One point currently separates them from second-placed Sevilla as we await to play our game-in-hand against Valencia. It’s not over yet and we hold the keys to our destiny; we just need to make it happen!
People blamed him for the loss and asked for him to leave. People said that the loss to Sevilla showed how incompetent he truly is. Well, three losses in 40 games should be enough to make them stay quiet but apparently Zidane has to work harder than any other manager to earn the trust of his OWN FANS. Then again, we all knew that we have one of the most embarrassing fan bases in the entire world and hearing this from them should not be a surprise. In regards to the loss against Sevilla, the formation was not to blame as it did exactly what it meant to do. Unfortunately, two individual errors gave away the three points and our forwards weren’t clinical as they would usually be. But sure, blame Zidane…
Many have criticized Keylor Navas this season as they believe his form has been constantly dipping, especially when compared to his amazing year last season. Unfortunately, his match against Sevilla did nothing to help his case as it only helped the criticism grow and fueled the media to continue their reports on Los Merengues looking for a new goalkeeper.
My Personal Player Ratings:
Keylor Navas – 6/10
Raphael Varane – 8.5/10
Sergio Ramos – 8/10
Nacho Fernandez – 8/10
Daniel Carvajal – 7.5/10
Marcelo – 7.5/10
Carlos Casemiro – 9/10
Toni Kroos – 8/10
Luka Modric – 8/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 5/10
Karim Benzema – 6.5/10