They won in El Clasico, but the main problems of Real Madrid stand out


Real Madrid are joint top of La Liga with Girona, four points ahead of rivals Barcelona, after beating them in El Clasico. But that won’t save Carlo Ancelotti or the players from criticism if they don’t play well.

Los Blancos managed to take the three points on Saturday thanks to a sensational brace from Jude Bellingham, who continued his incredible start to the season. However, it has not gone unnoticed that Real Madrid did not create a clear chance outside of these goals and that in the first half, the Italian’s team was nowhere to be found.

Relevo notes that Bellingham’s goals mask several issues, one of which is the left wing spot. Eduardo Camavinga did well there as a substitute but is likely to play more in midfield now with Aurelien Tchouameni injured. Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia are not convincing.

They also note that Rodrygo Goes (2) and Vinicius Junior (3) have the same amount of goals scored as Joselu Mato (5), a clear sign that the Brazilian duo are still not comfortable in their position of new, not even effective.


David Alaba was another source of criticism, with his poor effort responsible for Barcelona’s goal at the weekend. Meanwhile, Diario AS agrees with this assessment, highlighting Alaba as one of the three players ‘under observation’.

They also highlight Rodrygo’s lack of production, while pointing the finger at Tchouameni for his mistake on Ilkay Gundogan’s goal. The Frenchman was very lucky not to concede a penalty after pulling down Ronald Araujo in a corner as well.

They describe it as a ‘constant sense of uncertainty and no big mistakes’ with Tchouamen at the root of their concerns, admitting he had a ‘spectacular’ start to the season.

There is no doubt that Ancelotti’s team is not fully functional at the moment and the Italian must know this well. From a glass-half-full perspective, Real Madrid have plenty of room for improvement while still at the top of the league. Likewise, there is no guarantee that that improvement will come, nor that their effectiveness will continue.