The leagues are very long and, between the beginning of late summer and the decisive spring, the potential champions have to compete, and win, on uncomfortable, atypical, inclement days … This is how he played Madrid in El Sadar, with freezing temperatures and intermittent snowfall that dyed part of the grass white, and thus Zidane’s team left another portion of its options to win La Liga with a racan tie at zero, still with a point of disadvantage with Atlético and with three more games.
In the Navarrese night he stayed stuck attack of Madrid, stranded in each attempt to advance towards the rival goal, halted in equal parts by the weather, Osasuna’s work and his shortcomings, which come to light in the face of every complication that occurs along the way.
Given the perfectly organized Osasuna disposition, the minutes passed without Madrid managing to generate scoring chances, just promising arrivals that ended with a grimace halfway between the cold and the lament of the failure.
Zidane took advantage of the down from Carvajal in order, without betraying their meritocratic rotations, to make room in the eleven for the starting lead in Madrid’s illusions, those who took over the future plans at the beginning of the season, the dream of the board. With Lucas Vázquez on the right side, the hat trick Hazard-Benzema-Asensio he did not merit to gain continuity, permanently without depth, without ideas or creativity. Only Modric appeared, as always, against an Osasuna as solid behind as he was patient to find his opportunity upstairs, who had the best chance of the first half with a header from Oier.
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The snow had gained a good space for the green in El Sadar, with a final layer that survived the passage of minutes on the way to a sliding ice that greatly bothered Zidane’s men.
After the break, the pitch improved (thanks to the operators), and also improved a Madrid that chained some arrivals to the area, even a goal from Benzema offside at game time.
From there, They grew in intensity, hand in hand with La Nevada and Osasuna. The pressure of those from Arrasate increased and Madrid’s chances disappeared, with an attack plan increasingly filled with desperation and subject to improvisation.
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Osasuna did not finish the most ambitious version of his party plan, but he managed to tie up with solvency a manifestly powerless Madrid before an orderly team, increasingly far from being a reliable and competitive team.
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CA Health: Herrera (7); Nacho Vidal (6), Aridane (6), David García (7), Juan Cruz (6); Roberto Torres (5), Íñigo Pérez (6), Oier (7), Moncayola (6), Rubén García (8); Calleri (6). Technician: Jagoba Arrasate (8). Changes: Budimir (sc) by Calleri (m. 77), Jony (sc) by Rubén García (m. 77).
Real Madrid: Courtois (6); Lucas Vázquez (6), Varane (5), Ramos (5), Mendy (5); Modric (8), Casemiro (6), Kroos (4); Asensio (4), Benzema (5), Hazard (4). Coach: Zinedine Zidane (4). Changes: Valverde (5) for Asensio (m. 65), Mariano (4) for Modric (m. 74), Isco (6) for Hazard (m. 74)
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.