Real Madrid are showing the consistency of champions
Real Madrid grinded out three points against another difficult opponent on the road.
There is no such thing as an easy game in La Liga, but Real Madrid have been tested frequently since Spanish football’s return. And yet they have remained perfect across seven games, opening up a four-point gap between themselves and rivals FC Barcelona at the top of the table.
Their latest win came at San Mames against Athletic Bilbao, and that’s one of the most difficult venues to pick up a victory. Compounding the difficult of the matchup was the heat of an early kick-off and the absence of star players Raphael Varane and Eden Hazard.
Real Madrid started the game with sloppy passing and looked out of sorts tactically, but they weathered the storm. Young center back Eder Militao stepped up with a Man of the Match performance, recovering well and keeping Inaki Williams away from the goal on breakaways. And in the end, Sergio Ramos converted his 22nd out of a perfect 22 career penalties, from a foul drawn in the box by Marcelo.
So for the second straight game, Real beat one of the stingiest defenses and most physical teams in La Liga via a penalty drawn by a fullback, highlighting the way everyone contributes to try and will the team to victory. Games like this can easily end in dropped points and a 0-0 draw, but Real found a way through.
They have dominated opponents with their attack at times, such as in the 3-1 win ...
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