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Real Madrid looked set to claim all three points over the weekend without even breaking a sweat in the process.
By the time the referee blew his whistle for half-time at the Santiago Bernabeu, Los Blancos were 3-0 up against Levante.
But then, as soon as the second half rolled around, something seemed to change, as their opponents attempted to mount a miraculous comeback.
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In the end, Real Madrid emerged victorious, winning 3-2 after goals from Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero in the second period.
Interestingly enough, the Frenchman recognised his side’s problem in the second half and practically summarised Real Madrid’s whole weekend in a single quote during his post-match press conference.
Here’s what he said in full:
“We’ve taken all three points after a phenomenal first-half performance, full of goals, good football and desire. We found it more difficult in the second half. When the opposition gets an early goal, things change a bit. We need to focus on playing like we did in the first half for the full 90 minutes. That’d be great for us.”
And not only was that the perfect summary of their clash against Levante but their season as a whole. So far, in their four games domestically, they have registered two wins and two draws.
An impressive display against Celta Vigo opened the campaign, with Zidane’s men winning 3-1 on the road.
That clash showed us that there is quality to this Real Madrid squad and they have the ability to click. The problem, however, as Zidane pointed out in his press conference, is the fact that, at the moment, they are just not consistent enough.
The rather sloppy victory over Levante was the best proof of that so far. They were 3-0 up and then had to fight until the end to actually snatch the three points. Indeed, they have also drawn with Real Valladolid and Villarreal.
But there does appear to be light at the end of the tunnel, despite a shaky performance. Zidane has recognised that there is a problem and will surely take the required steps to try to stamp out such inconsistency from his players.
We have already seen a dominant side to this Los Blancos squad; the question now is whether it can be unlocked over and over again, or if it will only come out sporadically.
Zidane must find out.