Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Real caught in a storm after Villarreal defeat

Real caught in a storm after Villarreal defeat

It wasn't just the Real Madrid players who featured in their humiliating home defeat to Villarreal that left the Bernabeu with their tail between their legs on Saturday afternoon.

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Real remain fourth in the Liga standings on 32 points and are only one point and one place above Villarreal and trail Atletico Madrid by 10 points after their city rivals won 1-0 away to Eibar thanks to a solitary strike by Kevin Gameiro.

Real had almost triple the amount of shots on goal as Villarreal and also had Cristiano Ronaldo hit the woodwork twice at a rainswept Santiago Bernabeu, but Pablo Fornals's 87th minute strike inflicted a third home defeat on the floundering champions this season.

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"We have to be smart in our judgment because they are the same players, the same trainer and the same philosophy", he added.

Asenjo made a number of more routine saves in the second period before the visitors cleared a late Real corner and set Denis Cheryshev clear down the left.

Zidane, who has led Real Madrid to two Champions Leagues and one La Liga title in his two years in charge, said his side "can turn this around".

Eibar, who were looking to break into the top six, went close to an equaliser just after the hour when Joan Jordan's header forced a brilliant save from Oblak. When we are on a bad run there are always negatives to pick up on.

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"We tried in every way, but the ball did not want to go in". But it was one Los Blancos absolutely had to win if they harbored any hopes of being competitive in La Liga. I can't criticise them for anything.

Zidane's team has already lost more points (22) than in its entire title-winning campaign last season (21).

This was evident in Los Blancos' last 2 games which end all in a 2-2 score line against the aforementioned side in the New Year.

Zidane's side had failed to beat Valencia, Levante, Betis, Tottenham, Fuenlabrada, Barcelona and Numancia at home in 2017-18 and now Villarreal have become the third visiting team (after Barca and Betis) to leave their famous stadium with a win this term.

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