Real Madrid travelled to Mallorca to face newly promoted RCD Mallorca for the first time since 2011/12 as the hosts battle bravely against the drop, but it was the side who arrived unbeaten in La Liga who would leave empty handed.
Zinedine Zidane’s men went behind early on as Lago Junior capped a superb counter-attack by cutting inside and curling an effort beyond Thibaut Courtois, who has now conceded the same number of goals as saves he has made this season. As Real Madrid grew back into the game late on, dismissal for Álvaro Odriozola proved to be the final nail in the coffin.
That proved to be the only goal in the 1-0 victory for RCD Mallorca, as will be considered in this tactical analysis. The analysis will look at the tactics of Vicente Moreno’s RCD Mallorca and Real Madrid in this La Liga fixture.
With Gareth Bale, Luka Modrić and Toni Kroos all absent through injury, with Eden Hazard missing out due to the birth of his fourth child and Dani Carvajal left out of the matchday squad, this was always going to be a much changed line-up. Fede Valverde was left out in midfield with a 4-4-2 shape selected with Luka Jović picked in attack, with James Rodríguez and Vinicius Junior on the wings and Isco alongside Casemiro in midfield.
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