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Real Madrid crashed into an impenetrable wall built by Osasuna and put their state of optimism on hold. After the triumphs against Shakhtar and Barça, Ancelotti’s men did not find the lever to bring down the Arrasate system.
When a team stands at the Santiago Bernabéu counting their away games by victories, they are doing many things well. Osasuna presented as credentials in Chamartín’s nighttime function: an impeccable organization with two well-coordinated lines, and a clear attack plan, with balls for Chimy and Kike García’s on the wing. Valid arguments to complicate Madrid if they did not move the ball with speed, and it cost them.
Ancelotti intervened at halftime. He left Camavinga in the booth, with one card and seriously skirting the second, and subbed in Rodrygo, who displaced Asensio to the center. He thus lightened the retreat, and if in the first half Camavinga returned like a flash to cut one against Chimy, in the second Avila came out and found no obstacle. Three against two. He sent the ball into the area, Moncayola finished off with force as the post denied the goal. Even on the rebound, Carvajal almost scored an own goal.
The changes energized Osasuna, with Rubén García and Brasanac. Ancelotti tried with three more subs, looking for the last round: Hazard, Lucas and Marcelo. The rojillo conviction grew with the minutes, while Madrid did not see a way to reach the goal. Osasuna did what they had to do, ensure that football was played little as possible, and had the invaluable collaboration of Soto Grado. Osasuna takes a deserved point, lowering white’s expectations. The Bernabéu has lost its power to intimidate.