Real Madrid Femenino misplaced to FC Barcelona Femení decisively, however carried out considerably higher than final time. Here are my fast ideas. Player rankings and put up-match pod to comply with, at a minimal.
David Aznar threw a Zizou curveball, looking for a 4-4-2 diamond whereas dropping Kosovare Asllani and taking part in wingers Sofia Jakobsson and Marta Cardona within the lead. It was additionally a little bit of a shock to see the Real Madrid press on the prime – which hasn’t been frequent this season. Barcelona did not appear to count on that, as they seemed stunned on the aggressiveness of the opposition’s strategy and spat possession a number of instances within the first forty-5 minutes. Aznar’s basic plan was stable; by tapping on the diamond form and switching from participant to participant so as to entry all midfield choices. Decisive switches are the way in which to use this, however Madrid have been particularly profitable in transferring rapidly to the opposite facet, though it resulted in a territorial loss. The recreation plan did hold Barca down with an awesome presence within the last third and a big quantity of photographs and, but La Blaugrana completed the half 3-0. The effectivity on the native facet was simply brutal. In the 14th minute, Alexia minimize to the within of the best and landed a shot from Misa’s fingers and to the highest nook of the sting of the field. In the twenty third and thirty seventh minutes, Barca have been capable of free themselves on the left and proper flanks, respectively, due to particular person errors, resulting in faucet-ins for Jennifer Hermoso and Asisat Oshoala. Madrid solely made just a few critical errors within the first half and every of them was severely penalized. Real Madrid seemed promising on the ball all through the primary half. The diamond gave them energy-play superiority within the midfield in opposition to Barcelona’s 4-4-2 flat press schedule, giving Las Blancas a stage of consolation in opposition to the press that arguably hasn’t been seen all season. There have been nonetheless freebies, however Barca acquired increasingly more nervous about going wild, together with Jenni Hermoso and her colleagues. continuously checking over their shoulder lest CAM Teresa Abelleira be fully ignored to supply an outlet. The downside had extra to do with what Madrid did once they acquired to the center third. There did not appear to be a transparent thought of tips on how to get Sofia and Cardona on the ball in harmful areas, and the positioning of the 2 on the prime was not preferrred. The two steadily widened as the sport progressed, finally leaving the channels unoccupied – and, due to this fact, Barca’s middle-backs unthreatened – and the duo disconnected. The second half was extra reasonable. Barcelona have been content material to choose their moments and watch the opposition personal the ball. For their half, Madrid didn’t appear to return out of the tunnel with a brand new or extra environment friendly method of taking part in. Maite would escape the strain and place the ball in midfield, the place Real would play it broadly and lose possession when making an attempt to power a telegraphed ball down the road to Sofia Jakobsson or Marta Cardona (principally outdated man). Rinse, repeat. In the 54th minute, Patri Guijarro made a very good descent to the best on a counterattack and performed a cutback that deflected Babett Peter and onto Oshoala’s chest. Fortunately, the shot ricocheted off the bar. Madrid weren’t so fortunate 16 minutes later, when a change from Barcelona caught a drained press unawares. Torrejón was performed within the field and, though her cross was initially cured, Ivana’s failed clearance bounced off Oshoala and scored the purpose to make it 4-0. Things acquired worse from there. Misa was despatched off when she strayed from her line and saved Oshoala’s shot from exterior the field. Aznar changed Corredera for Maite Oroz and goalkeeper Yohana for Teresa Abelleira to see the remainder of the sport. The comfort purpose got here within the 81st minute. After a interval of sustained possession, Peter performed Jakobsson within the higher hand and the Swede fell into the field below problem from Mapi Leon. The middle-again was despatched off for a second yellow earlier than Olga Carmona coldly transformed and gave Real Madrid a comeback. It’s a heavy loss, however make no mistake – it is a vastly improved efficiency from final time round. The mentality was completely totally different (excessive strain or recoil in a shell) and there have been fleeting moments the place Las Blancas appeared to have the ability to upset their rivals whereas the end result was nonetheless in stability.