Los Blancos Stumble to a Draw in Warsaw

Published on 4-Nov-2016 by akinkunmi009

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Los Blancos Stumble to a Draw in Warsaw

It's always refreshing to see Champions League competition keep the big brands on their toes.

Real Madrid conceded three goals for the first time with Zinedine Zidane at the helm, as they were held, 3-3, by Legia Warsaw on Wed 2 Nov.

This was despite Real assuming an early 2-0 lead, but they later found themselve down, 3-2, with 17 minutes remaining in the match.

It was looking all guns and roses for the Spanish giants right from the start.

Real went ahead inside a minute from a super goal from Gareth Bale:

And there was no reason to believe differently  after Karim Benzema put them two up after 34 minutes:

However, Real's lackadaisical approach to include Morata and playing four men up front saw them take their eyes off the prize.

The result: damn, double-damn, and damnation:

Clearly, a quick response was needed, so Mateo Kovačić strode onto a Dani Carvajal back-heel two minutes later to salvage a point for Los Blancos and cover for their complacency:

This means Real still hasn't qualified for bracket play.

It'll be a point of concern to Zidane that his crew let their early lead slip so easily, with Keylor Navas now having conceded five goals in just three games.

Still, it's not supposed to be a one-man show back there. Zidane must accept responsibility for playing a 4-2-4 that seriously unbalanced the team rather than concerning himself about the performance of his players without the ball.