Eibar vs Real Madrid Won 4-0 on Saturday
Los Blancos were 4-0 winners at Eibar on Saturday, almost a year after losing 3-0 in the same stadium to the same opponents.
So, what’s changed?
Only five players started both games: Thibaut Courtois, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema. The changes are: Ferland Mendy for Marcelo, Fede Valverde for Toni Kroos, Casemiro for Dani Ceballos, Lucas Vazquez for Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard for Marco Asensio.
Real Madrid were 1-0 down by the 16th minute last season and were 1-0 up at the same point this campaign. Benzema opened the scoring for the visitors, who came quickly out of the blocks.
Real Madrid never turned up to a match that started at 13:00 CET last season, but it was a different story for the 18:30 kick-off this year.
Eibar had just one shot on target on Saturday – seven less than they managed during their 3-0 victory. Courtois is finding his best form in a Real Madrid shirt at last.
Santiago Solari’s side drew a blank at Ipurua last season despite having more possession (61 percent) than they did in this season’s 4-0 win (58.6 percent).
Real Madrid only managed three shots on goal against Eibar last season, but this time they scored four goals from five shots on target.
One year ago, Real Madrid departed Ipurua in sixth place in LaLiga Santander. This time, they left as table toppers, only for Barcelona to regain first place later in the evening.
That 3-0 defeat was Solari’s first in charge of Real Madrid and ended his honeymoon period abruptly. Now, Zinedine Zidane is almost untouchable at the helm.
“When you don’t have the attitude, these things happen,” Sergio Ramos said last season.
“They were the best 45 minutes since I returned,” Zidane said on Saturday about Real Madrid’s first half display.
The Uruguayan midfielder has changed the dynamic of the Real Madrid midfield. He spent last season’s loss at Ipurua on the bench but played an integral part this time around, scoring the fourth from the edge of the area.