Málaga Vs. Real Madrid, La Liga 2012: Harmless Madrid Can't Score For Its Own Sake (3-2)

David Ramos

In a night in which the whole attention was on Iker Casillas' presence on Real Madrid's bench, Mourinho's team couldn't get a single thing right in a 3-2 loss to Joaquín's Málaga. For reasons unknown, this team has clearly lost its former ability to score goals and defend well, allowing Málaga to score three goals out of three shot attempts.

What a game. Real Madrid didn't play badly, but conceding three goals against a Champions League team will bury every hope of winning that match. The first half was brilliantly played by Mourinho's team, with an stellar performance of Cristiano Ronaldo (even though he missed a very clear scoring chance badly). The team forced Málaga to just one shot from outside the box.

After the referee ended the first 45 minutes, things started to change for Real. Málaga's Isco (he will not stay in the Andalusian club for very long) scored the first time he had the chance to shoot in what was a very poor defensive transition by the team's defenders. Khedira tried to block Isco's shot but the ball went right through the German's legs. Adán couldn't do a single thing to save the shot and Málaga was ahead in the scoreboard.

After that, Mourinho introduced Callejón for Arbeloa to try to shake things up a bit. It didn't work much, but Khedira and Benzema bothered Sergio Sánchez after a Cristiano Ronaldo cross and Málaga's defender ended up scoring in his own goal. Real Madrid's best minutes came shortly after. Mourinho's players even had some chances to score their second goal. Unfortunately enough, Real Madrid's firepower went to Málaga. Gámez crossed the ball, Joaquín try to score with his back-heel and the ball fell right to Santa Cruz's feet. Former Manchester City striker just had to push the ball in, and so he did.

Mourinho then introduced Kaká for Di María, but the team never seemed to be stronger. Özil's fear to shoot the ball has become increasingly visible, but he did assist Benzema in Real's second goal. It gave the players hope, but a third goal was too much to ask for.

Four months are enough to destroy what took years to build. Mourinho, the coaching staff, the board and the players appeared to be together as the season started, but this team is currently a complete disaster. It's true that Marcelo, Coentrao and Higuaín's injuries have been terrible because of how the roster was designed, but there's no reason behind the team's defensive struggles or the lack of firepower by Benzema, Di María and Özil. All of these three players have completely lost their confidence for no reason. Özil is clearly the team's starter, and so are Di María and Benzema. That's why they shouldn't be afraid of shooting.

Now, the team will go on vacation to try to clear things up. Mourinho is facing his toughest time as a proffesional football coach. If there's a coach out there who can turn things up and end up winning a single trophy this season, that's him. But the players also have something to say about that.

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