After two mixed displays in their first two La Liga fixtures, this was an occasion that Real Madrid felt that they had to take up having seen Barcelona drop points earlier on Sunday afternoon. Villarreal had other ideas, having built a side that is far from easy to beat and securing a valuable point in a 2-2 draw.

Javi Calleja’s side got off to a dream start with Gerard Moreno’s early strike, though Gareth Bale would level the scoreline again before the break. Moi Gómez gave the home side the lead again late on in the game but Bale appeared again in the final few minutes before going on to see yellow twice in three minutes to be sent off.

This tactical analysis considers how Real Madrid secured a point against Villarreal, identifying where Zinedine Zidane went wrong with his tactics. This analysis will consider the key points of the game, from team selection through to the decisive battle in the middle of the pitch would decide the tie.

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