After debuting with a 3-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid got back to the pitch on Tuesday for the second round of the UEFA Champions League Group Stages. Playing at Santiago Bernabeu, Zinedine Zidane’s team suffered to get away with a point against the modest Club Brugge, who opened a two-goal lead in the first half but threw that away as Real Madrid leveled in the second half.
The first point that we need to make is that the old legendary Real Madrid with the whole Galacticos thing is over. Even playing under a crowded Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid was easily dominated by Club Brugge. Nine mins into the game and the Belgians opened the scoring. Tau received a good through ball and fed Dennis down the middle, who somehow managed to tap into the back of the nets. After a VAR check, the referee confirmed the Belgian goal. 0-1 Brugges.
Real Madrid grew into the match and tried to level still in the first half. Toni Kroos and Raphael Varane were the ones who got closer to scoring but were denied by the European champion, Simon Mignolet, who left Liverpool for Brugge.
However, despite the dangerous chances created by Real Madrid, it was the visitors who doubled their lead. At the end of the first half, at 40 minutes, Modric’s poor pass was intercepted down the middle, as Brugge settled a good counter through Dennis. He got the ball, drove forward, got face to face against Thibaut Courtois, and lifted the ball over him. What a goal. 0-2 Brugge.
Zidane promoted two changes in the team, Courtois and Nacho for Areola and Marcelo. On 55 mins, a corner flew to Karim Benzema, who connected with Sergio Ramos, who headed in, diminishing for the hosts. 1-2.
Vinicius Junior was introduced by Zidane and drew the free-kick which led to the equalizer. Kroos took it and found Casemiro, who leveled for the hosts. 2-2.
Real tried to turn it around in the last few minutes but nothing happened. Following the result, the Spanish side bottoms Group A with a point, while Club Brugge is the second, with two points.
Real Madrid doesn’t scare anyone else anymore. Honestly, you take a look at their lineup and it looks like a joke. Thibaut Courtois, who can’t keep a simple clean sheet. Eden Hazard, who’s looking like Higuain, and left his overrated skills in London. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos who look like they’re already retired and playing friendlies all the time.
Surely we can never doubt Real Madrid, but this side is really a joke.