Former Spain national team Head Coach Julen Lopetegui’s first official competetive match at the helm of the Los Blancos ended in a 4-2 loss to city rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup following extra-time.The defeat saw Lopetegui becoming the first Real Madrid manager to concede 4 or more goals in his debut competetive match since Michael Keeping in 1948. We compiled five major reasons why Atletico Madrid got the better off European champions.
● Costa Beast Mode:
Diego Costa had an outstanding night in Tallin, Estonia. He was constantly threatening Real Madrid backline and giving the centre-back pairing of Varane and Ramos nightmares. His two goals in regular 90 minutes forced the game to go to extra-time.
One thing Atletico have done well this season is making master stroke moves in the transfer window they added so much quality in the team while maintaining to keep majority of last campaign’s squad and it proved fruitful on Wednesday night after matching Real Madrid’s quality on the field.
● Wrong Substitutions:
Real Madrid may have a pool of talent to choose made a fatal mistake by leaving out Modrić out of the starting XI and later miscalculated the game by taking off Casemiro after taking a 2-1 lead courtesy of Ramos’ goal. The substitution proved to be not a very wise decision as it left them vulnerable defensively.
● Coordinated Play Without Intent:
Contradictory Real Madrid played exciting inter-changing football, however they couldn’t well penetrate Atletico Madrid’s defensive line.
● Defensive Blunders:
Schoolboy defensive errors greatly costed the men in white. The first goal came after Ramos failed to win an aerial dual and didn’t backtrack, the second goal was a result of Marcelo’s casual mistake that could’ve been avoided had he let the ball out instead of keeping it to play which resulted in Juanfran picking the ball which ended in Atletico equalising. The third goal came about as Ramos again failed to clear the ball and Varane slipping up with Atletico’s players already in the box .