Tactical Review: Real Madrid 3 - 0 AS Roma, 2018 Champions Leage - football

Tactical Review: Real Madrid 3 - 0 AS Roma, 2018 Champions Leage

Real Madrid open their Champions League campaign with a dominant victory against Roma. Real Madrid hosted Roma as the former began its journey in search of an incomprehensible fourth Champions League trophy in as many years. The undisputed kings of Europe were hoping to rebound from the draw against Athletic Bilbao which saw them fall behind Barcelona in the domestic race. Lopetegui again didn?t experiment too much going with a very strong line-up. Navas, Casemiro, and Isco were named in the starting XI and comprised the only changes from the previous match.

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Roma had only registered one win in four games in the season to date. The Italian team were in poor form and seen as heavy underdogs in the match. Their key players to watch included new midfield signing Nzoni, their attacking maintstay in the form of Dzeko, and the drifty El Shaarawy. Flat and passive Roma succumb to Real Madrid?s intricate play
One thing that is clear about Lopetegui?s Real Madrid and more generally Los Blancos over recent years is that they sometimes struggle to deal with intensity. Roma failed to display any in the Santiago Bernabeu?s first Champions League night of the season. Instead, their tepid and flat shape was easily overcome by the intricate combinations and possession schemes the home side utilized amid other tactics. Casemiro for example, who sometimes is most affected by congestion and tight defensive pressure, was afforded space and became a s...
source: managingmadrid
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