Real Madrid facing an insurmountable task after a shock 2-1 defeat to Girona
What looked to be a walk in the park has certainly tilted the title hopes in favour of Catalan club Barcelona. Catalonia has declared independence in the wake of a historic decision, and the match against Girona and Real Madrid couldn’t have been played with a better backdrop. Girona started the game on the front foot and pressed Madrid resorting the Los Blancos to a counter-attack strategy. Girona struck the post in the 11th minute only to see a lethal Madrid counter on end being turned in on goal by Isco. The Spaniard took advantage after Girona goalkeeper Y. Bounou spilt out Ronaldo’s dipping shot straight into his path. The goal did not calm any nerves as Pablo Machin’s men came back at them stronger and Portu was denied by the woodwork after a fantastic looping header.
The second half saw Madrid lose out possession multiple times and the World’s best midfield looked leggy and dismantled. Finally, Christian Stuani gave Girona the much-deserved equaliser after some fantastic footwork by Borja Garcia. Stuani himself showed a lovely bit of skill as he danced past Nacho before slotting the ball in the back of the net. Portu capitalised on some poor Madrid marking with a brilliant flick, although he was fractionally offside. Madrid never looked like scoring, and Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo put up a dismal performance. Zidane’s tactical change of bringing on Asensio and Lucas in place of Marcelo and Achraf bothered many, and the young guns couldn’t provide anything significant. Madrid face an insurmountable task of winning the league after going 8 points behind arch-rivals Barcelona.
Martial stars like Manchester United see off Spurs
In a closely fought match between Manchester United and Spurs, it was Martial’s 80th-minute strike that earned United a much needed 3 points to stay 5 points adrift of city rivals. Mourinho’s tactical game saw Spurs create a handful of opportunities with Eriksen being a peripheral figure for most of the match. The service of Harry Kane was direly missed, and Alli could not grab a stranglehold on the United defence.
United, on the other hand, saw Spurs play in their hands, and the three-man defence surprised Pochettino’s men. Herrera and Matic proved to be rock solid, but Lukaku endured a frustrating game as he was provided little service. It was the introduction of Martial that turned the tides as the Frenchman buried a fine strike past Lloris after Lukaku nodded the ball onto his path after a thunderous De Gea goal kick. United are well placed in second position with Spurs sitting three points behind them in third.
Morata expresses his regret of leaving Italy
In an interview, Alvaro Morata expressed that his decision of leaving Juventus for Madrid was a bad one, and he felt like a kid after returning from a two-year loan spell. Morata couldn’t stick his foot in Madrid’s starting XI and was transferred to Chelsea for a hefty £60 million. Morata has been sensational so far but laments that his time in Italy was the best and he could have settled well over there. Morata also praised Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte and hailed him as a superb manager and person.