Real Madrid’s pursuit of the LaLiga Santander title suffered a setback. Obviously, as they were unable to score against Real Betis. Thus, ended up drawing 0-0 on Sunday. The result leaves Real Madrid nine points adrift of league leaders Barcelona in the table.
Real Betis threatened early on with a shot from Ayoze Perez. However, Thibaut Courtois was able to tip it over the bar. Real Madrid thought they had taken the lead. Especially, when Karim Benzema’s free-kick found the back of the net. That is, only for the goal to be disallowed due to Antonio Rudiger’s arm touching the ball.
In the second half, Claudio Bravo denied Benzema. Hence, while Courtois made an impressive point-blank save to stop Borja Iglesias from scoring. Real Madrid’s Rodrygo Goes had the best chance of the game. However, missed the target with his shot from Federico Valverde’s cross.
CHALLENGING FOR REAL MADRID TO FIGHT FOR THE LALIGA SANTANDER TITLE:
Despite Real Madrid’s determination to fight until the end of the LaLiga Santander season. Their recent loss has made it challenging for them to catch up with Barcelona in the LaLiga Santander title race. With the 0-0 draw against Real Betis. Barcelona has now extended their lead to nine points. On top of this, it seems unlikely that they will relinquish their advantage, given their effective. Furthermore, steady performance under the management of Xavi.
Real Madrid’s performance against Real Betis was commendable, given that Betis is a formidable team. In addition to this, playing at the Estadio Benito Villamarin is a daunting task. Real Madrid dominated possession, created more chances in the LaLiga Santander league. Apart from this, ended the game with an expected goal ratio of 1.21 to Betis’ 0.41. However, their inability to convert their chances, coupled with the excellent goalkeeping skills of veteran Claudio Bravo. Hence, prevented them from securing a victory.
Real Madrid’s efforts to secure a victory were apparent in their pursuit of a winner. However, it was evident that their squad had limitations. During the match, coach Carlo Ancelotti seemed hesitant to make substitutions in the attacking positions. Instead, he brought on defenders Dani Carvajal and Nacho. As well as, midfielder Dani Ceballos, before finally introducing youngster Alvaro Rodriguez in the 87th minute.
Although a 0-0 draw against Real Betis is not a shameful result. In fact, it is a significant setback for Real Madrid in the title race. Hence, considering that they cannot afford to drop any more points. Precisely, if they want to keep their chances of winning the LaLiga Santander league alive.
Rodrygo was the closest to making up for Real Madrid’s underwhelming attack. Karim Benzema’s performance in this game only added to the uncertainties. Obviously, regarding his ability to replicate his Ballon d’Or-winning form from last year. Although, he was unfortunate that his free kick hit Rudiger’s arm before going into the net. Karim Benzema had a relatively subdued performance for the rest of the game. A performance which was disappointing for the 35-year-old.
RODRYGO IS REAL MADRID’S STAND-OUT PLAYER:
Real Madrid’s standout player in attack in the LaLiga Santander league was Rodrygo, who had the opportunity to play in his preferred position. He played in a central role behind the centre-forward. Ironically, with the freedom to move around and Valverde covering the right side. This position allowed Rodrygo to showcase his intelligent movement, close control, and ability to beat players. Despite his impressive display, he missed a significant chance in the second half.
Vinicius Junior also displayed moments of danger in attack. However, his performance was inconsistent, getting embroiled in disputes with the referee and Betis players at times. Late substitute Alvaro did not have enough time to make an impact. Real Madrid’s inability to score in this game. This, emphasises the need for a high-calibre addition to their attack during the summer transfer window.
Under the leadership of Manuel Pellegrini, Real Betis is a strong and cohesive team. As evidenced by their performance in this game. Despite missing some of their key players, they demonstrated their ability to compete at a high level. This was a significant week for Betis. Thus, as they faced Manchester United in the Europa League at Emirates Manchester Old Trafford on Thursday. Their performance in this game demonstrated that they are serious contenders for a top-four finish in LaLiga Santander league.