It was a tactical change that didn’t last more than 15 minutes, but there was plenty of time for Real Madrid to get the chance to fight for the Spanish league lead in the derby against Atletico Madrid the following weekend.
Coach Zinedine Zidane’s attempt to keep Madrid ahead by removing formations through a match against Real Sociedad on Monday prevented the defending champions from going to the Atletico Wanda derby in a 1-1 draw. Metropolitan Stadium on Sunday.
“We changed three defenders because we didn’t like how we went forward, but we quickly changed it again,” Zidane said. “It simply came to our notice then. I was trying to change the dynamics of motion. ”
The draw stopped Madrid’s four-game winning streak in the league and the club held five points to their city rivals, who had one game in hand. Second-placed Barcelona have the same number of points as Madrid, but the goal difference trails.
A win would put Madrid in Atletico’s three-point derby.
“We had chances but we didn’t capitalize on them and in the end we lost two points at home,” Zidane said. “We can’t forget that we were against a great opponent and it played very well.”
Sociedad are fifth in the Champions League, finishing fourth in the Champions League and fourth in the league, with three points in a row.
“We left with a bad taste in our mouths,” Sisiad forward Christian Porto said. “We deserved more. It’s usually a good thing to play away against Real Madrid, but not the way the game has evolved. ”
Without injured players such as Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos, Madrid fought against the well-organized Sociedad team at the Alfredo Di Stafano Stadium.
In the 55th minute Porto opened the scoring for the spectators with a header in the top corner, returning Madrid with a chance to keep the ball a little softer than Ferland Mendi.
“There was some isolation after the change of three defenders,” said Madrid goalkeeper Thaibat Courtois. “We lost a bit and they had more space. In the end, Mandy didn’t cross in time and they scored a great goal. ”
Zidane says he has made strategic changes because he is not satisfied with how the team is playing.
“It was for about 10 or 15 minutes and then I put it back in a 4-3-3 formation and we played better,” he said.
Vincius Janier, in his 100th match against Madrid, equalized with a shot from inside the area.
Madrid forward Mariano Dodge came close after hitting the crossbar early in the game, and midfielder Casimiro also missed several good chances with a wide-flying header in the second half.
This is Madrid’s first draw at home in the league, with three losses.