Zinedine Zidane

La Liga: 3 Things We Learned From Real Madrid's Shock 1-0 Defeat to Mallorca

Real Madrid’s unbeaten run in La Liga was ended by Mallorca last night as the hosts won 1-0 against Los Blancos in a match where the Galacticos had it coming from the moment the starting XI was named. 

With the loss, the Merengues are now second in the table and a point behind Barcelona. The home team on the other hand, impressed everyone with their play and secured their third win of the season. 

Here are the three things that we learned from the match…

3. Atrocious Tactics From Zidane

It was hard to decipher what Zinedine Zidane was trying to do with his team. He had a midfield of Isco and Casemiro in the centre, with James Rodriguez and Vinicius on the flanks supporting Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic up front. 

Isco has not been in form for as long as one can remember and, as expected, had a really poor match playing in a deeper role. James was amazing throughout the match while Vinicius had his moments but wasn’t consistent throughout. 

The setup seemed like a mess as the playmaker supposed to bind the ‘system’, Isco, was confused for as long as he was on the pitch. With the team lacking balance, it was no surprise that they struggled to get going.

2. Lago Junior Proved Himself

Last night, Real Madrid were outdone by just a single goal from Mallorca, which came through Lago Junior in the first half. The Ivorian ran in from the left and outfoxed Alvaro Odriozola, who had a really poor night, and slammed the ball into the bottom far corner. 

It was a beautiful individual goal that encapsulated what Madrid had been lacking. Los Blancos are still not a proper team and the thing that made them stand out from their peers – individual brilliance – has also been lacking for quite some time now.  

1. Ridiculous Squad Planning Could Cost Zidane His Job

Real Madrid wasted the 2018/19 season and it was only expected because top teams often don’t realise when they need a complete revamp. After the disaster of last season, however, it became apparent that Madrid needed a complete renovation of the side. 

However, the fact that the likes of Isco, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Lucas Vazquez and Marcelo are still at the club is a testament to the fact that their planning was poor. 

Zidane should have gotten rid of the old guard completely and started afresh. Instead, he let the likes of Marcos Llorente, Sergio Reguilon and Dani Ceballos leave. This, in the end, could be the undoing of the Frenchman.

3 things we learned from Real Madrid's 1-0 loss to Mallorca in La Liga