Not many teams in La Liga, or in the world for that matter, can proudly say that they have beaten Real Madrid every time the Galacticos visited them in the last four years. One such team is Sevilla and coming into the match on Sunday, they were definitely the favourites.
But Zinedine Zidane’s troops somehow pulled through and salvaged a narrow 1-0 victory on the night that propelled them to the joint top spot in the table. This tactical analysis will examine both team’s tactics and tell you just how Real Madrid got the better of Sevilla.
Zidane didn’t really experiment too much or at all since his last bout with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Even though that team lost 3-0 to the French titans, only the returning Sergio Ramos was a new name on the team sheet come Sunday evening. Los Blancos were deployed in their standard 4-3-3 formation.
Sevilla and Julen Lopetegui, on the other hand, made wholesale changes to their tactics and lineup, returning Luuk de Jong into the starting XI alongside Lucas Ocampos and Franco Vázquez. Real Madrid loanee, Sergio Reguilón returned to the left-back position while Jesús Navas manned the other flank.
Éver Banega and Fernando also returned to the starting lineup alongside Joan Jordán in the middle of the pitch as the Andalusian team was deployed in a 4-3-3/ 4-1-4-1 system. We’ll now go into a more detailed analysis of both team’s tactics.
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