Madrid begins to handle itself in the crisis. When the worry becomes obsession is the time to lie on the couch. The goal of the Alavés captain, Manu García, in the last second of the discount triggered the obsession and opened a crisis of unpredictable consequences.
Real Madrid has reached that moment, as feared as it is necessary to stop to reflect and realize that Cristiano is no longer there, that his intimidating power is over, it is history, and any team gets into the hump. The goal has become his obsession after 387 minutes have passed without scoring one, that is, more than four full games, six hours, a world for such a powerful team. In Mendizorroza, the Alavés played with his anxiety. Abelardo's team was closed with a zipper and Madrid crashed. He never played comfortable. The victory at the last minute, which for the Alavés is blessed glory, sends the psychologist's cabinet to the white set.
The smaller teams usually accustom to mimic the rival of greater entity. They adapt to the environment, to the environment, to the way of playing of the powerful. With the Alavés the opposite happens. Abelardo's men get the opponent to start playing like them, forget their way of understanding football and adopt the Alavés. That is why the matches of the Vitorian team are rocky, complicated to decipher, like the hieroglyph of an Egyptian pyramid.
That's what Real Madrid found in Mendizorroza. He maintained his personality only a few minutes, which served to link three approaches to the goal of Pacheco, first in a shot from Benzema, which did not bother too much the goalkeeper of the Real Madrid youth team; then in a combined action between Bale, Benzema and Ceballos that the goalkeeper took a corner. The drought of ideas began after minute 8, when Laguardia pulled a header from Benzema.
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In the rest of the first part, the Alavés imposed his script, which is based on the defensive order and in weaving a spider web in the middle of the field to entangle the opponent. It forced Modric to go down to receive very far, and his team to have to rely too much on the gallops of Odriozola on the right. The best balls to the area came out of his boot. The game became flat due to Alaves' efforts and the confusion of Real Madrid.
In the second half, the Basque team took a step back, but did not get nervous. Lopetegui withdrew Benzema and took Mariano, but nothing improved, even worsened enough. The best chance of the match came in a Jony counter, which ignited the alarms. When at the last moment, Jony himself caused a corner, kissed the ball, took it to the far post for the touch of Sobrino, the detour of Courtois and the final shot of Manu García, Real Madrid was already lying on the couch. The crisis lengthens.