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29.10.2017 » Girona 2-1 Real Madrid. Disatrous performance leads to another loss

Cristiano Ronaldo wearing Real Madrid jersey number 7

It has probably been one of the worst displays Real Madrid has had this year, as they have left Girona with a 2-1 loss and a big blow in their title aspirations. The Merengues are now 8 points adrift of La Liga leaders FC Barcelona.

It's almost fitting that in a week where Real Madrid dropped points to newly promoted Girona that almost half of the starting lineup was given team of the year awards. In many ways, it sums up the season, one in which accolades and complacency seem to go hand in hand. In a highly charged political week, Madrid visited the Catalan Club Girona and were outplayed by the newcomers in a 2-1 defeat. An early goal by Isco, a putback after Ronaldo's initial effort was saved seemed to rest fears, but that only seemed to perk the home side on more and they were very unlucky not to score twice in the half as they were held by the woodwork...

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Girona vs Real Madrid
Girona 2-1 Real Madrid
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The second half saw them take the lead through a pair of goals only a few minutes apart. Christain Stuani shook two defenders brilliantly in the box before finishing. Then a bit of a mixup in the box allowed Portu to backheel the ball into the net. Down 2-1 in a matter of minutes, with La Liga already slipping away in October. And that's how it finished.

Real Madrid have been a poor bunch this season despite some individual brilliance. Something seems off. We are struggling to create clearcut chances and when we do get them, we've even poorer in finishing them. That early season form seems to have gone far out of the window and this season is officially reached panic mode.

What's the solution? It's hard to pinpoint. Ronaldo has been off, still, only one goal in the league making it his worst start to a season for Real Madrid. Isco's been the best player and on his current form and he's likely the best player on the team, but it's not easy to decipher if his increased role has come at the detriment to the team. Isco is so hungry for the ball sometimes it may be hindering Modric from creating at the level he's capable of - a case of too many chefs in the kitchen.

Benzema and Ronaldo after Real Madrid conceded a goal in Girona

One saving grace is recent history. In the seasons where we've started brilliantly, we've faded later on usually around the turn of the year. When we struggle to start however, we usually hit our peak during the business end of the campaign. But such analyses are solely optimistic now, based on hope that shouldn't exist, based on the performance on the pitch.

Valencia and Barcelona both look like far better and more consistent teams, forget coming second we may have a hard coming third in the end.

Off to Wembley to face Tottenham with a lot of work to do. Real Madrid need to get sharper and focused if they want to achieve anything this season.

Author: Terrance Ross

Ronaldo trying to control a ball in Girona vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid line-up vs Girona:

Goalkeeper: Casilla
Defenders: Marcelo, Ramos, Varane, Achraf
Midfielders: Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco
Attackers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.

Match stats provided by www.ronaldo7.net
Girona
vs
Real Madrid
2
Goals
1
15
Shots
15
4
Shots on goal
6
2
Corner kicks
7
21
Fouls commited
11
2
Yellow cards
1
0
Red cards

0

38%
Ball possession
62%

Cristiano Ronaldo next game is for Real Madrid on November 1 of 2017 against Tottenham. You can watch Girona vs Real Madrid, Olympiacos vs Barcelona, Manchester United vs Benfica, Burnley vs Newcastle, and PSG vs Anderlecht, all matches provided from our live football game pages.

Real Madrid next game:
Tottenham vs Real Madrid
kick-off time (01-11-2017):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 03:45
Jakarta
(Indonesia)
| UTC/GMT+7: 02:45
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+4.30: 00:15
Spain
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+1: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+0: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-2: 17:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 15:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 12:45

Sources: ronaldo7.net / realmadrid.com / theguardian.com / fcbarcelona.com

Ronaldo dribbling moves in Girona 2-1 Real Madrid

Ronaldo body balance in a league game for Real Madrid in 2017

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