Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Real Madrid lost their way after formation change
Vinicius Junior saved the day for Real Madrid as they scraped a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on Monday night.
Zinedine Zidane‘s side will be disappointed to drop points ahead of Sunday’s trip across town to the Wanda Metropolitano to face leaders Atletico Madrid.
After a fairly dominant first 45 minutes from the hosts’ point of view, Zidane opted to switch to a formation with three centre-backs. It proved counteractive for his team, with Ferland Mendy’s more advanced position causing them to leak a goal to Cristian Portu. The formation was changed after just 15 minutes of the second half.
Portu’s opening goal was his third in his last eight appearances in LaLiga Santander. The Spaniard gave Mendy a tough evening at Valdebebas and didn’t stop running until injury forced him off in the second half.
After clean sheets against Getafe, Valencia, Real Valladolid and Atalanta, Thibaut Courtois conceded his first goal in five games when Portu’s header found a way in. The hosts still didn’t give away many clear chances, though.
Having come off the bench against Atalanta, Mariano Diaz was handed a start by Zidane against Real Sociedad. It wasn’t for a lack of trying from the former Lyon forward, who hit the crossbar with a header from close range, but he lasted just 60 minutes before being replaced by Hugo Duro. Did the Real Madrid boss really trust the substitute more to score an equaliser?