Real Madrid chase down the score and turn it on their opponent in a European event in a typically classic display that we witnessed tonight at the Union Berlin Stadium in the Champions League.
Kevin Volland scored the winner for the hosts before things turned around in the dying minutes of the first half when Luka Modric missed a penalty kick.
Joselu intervened in the second half to score two goals, but Berlin equalized and Dani Ceballos settled matters in the third as Real won 3-2.
Being the full-time leader won’t affect Real Madrid’s progress to the round of 16, but it’s a chance for coach Carlo Ancelotti to rethink things and give someone the right to admire.
Penalty kick disaster
Karim Benzema was Real Madrid’s number one man in penalty kicks before leaving for Al-Ittihad in the summer, and what happened today is seen as an extension of his absence.
Luka Modric missed a penalty kick that would have completely changed the shape of the match and put the team ahead, but the experienced Croatian missed it, giving Berlin a chance to score moments later.
Benzema’s percentage of penalty kicks was very good with Real as he scored 29 out of 35 kicks throughout his career, which is 82.85%, and the terrifying thing is that Real Madrid’s percentage is actually “0” after he left the club.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti’s side have won 3 penalty kicks this season, all of which have been missed. Brazil winger Rodrigo missed his first against Celta Vigo on 25 August, and Jozalu missed out on 7 October in a 4–0 win over Osasuna. .
Even though the task was assigned to the experienced Modric today, the Croatian missed it, confirming that Ancelotti needs to review his accounts and look for a new manager who can end this farce.
Injured Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior has claimed the job before and he will have to train well to get it after returning from injury!
Joselu doesn’t fit?
Spanish striker Joselu has come in for a lot of criticism for missing some easy chances, the most notable of which happened against Cadiz. .
The 33-year-old may not play every game as a starter, but he has been effective in many of the periods when the team needs his services, especially in light of Vinicius’ injury at the moment.
The veteran striker scored an equalizer for Real Madrid and added his second of the game to take his tally to 8th in all competitions this season.
What happened with Joselu today confirms that he is a “good” striker, and this trait may not suit a team of Real Madrid’s caliber that will compete for all championships in the long term, but this does not mean that he is a failed striker. He deserved this violent attack and widespread ridicule because he was playing within the limits of his abilities, which everyone already knew.
Do Real need another striker in January or a new player in the attack line? Maybe that’s true, but that doesn’t mean it’s as bad as some say.
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