Dropping points is always bad but sometimes there are positive signs and then it isn’t as bad. If Real Madrid drops points because they missed many chances but controlled the game it is a much better situation. If Real Madrid gets outplayed heavily mainly because of tactical issues then it is a big problem. I’m just thankful for Diego Lopez.
Real Madrid is susceptible to fast ball movement between the lines because there is too much space to be exposed. Same general problem against Real Betis but the details were different. The 3 central midfield players are not spaced out appropriately between lines. They have too much space to cover and it is harming Real Madrid.There is too much space between the 3 attackers and the 4 defenders.
When midfielders receive the ball they are too far away from the attacking players. The attacking players can come closer to the midfielders. The 3 midfielders also cannot be in the same line when they receive the ball.
When the opposition has the ball in deep midfield areas they can move it forward comfortably because the 3 midfield players cant put pressure on the ball carrier and pick up players floating between the lines. Too much space for the 3 midfield players to handle and before you know it Villarreal are running at the defence.
The front 3 must offer more support for the team. Players must be tight to win the ball back effectively through any type of pressing but Real Madrid had a very loose and unorganized shape. Villarreal had no problem playing through it. Real Madrid must be more compact regardless of the formation they play. Once the game starts the most important thing is the co-ordinated movements of the team. This game was completely unorganized especially the first half. I'm expecting a lot better.
There were some limitations to the team. Nacho instead of Marcelo. No width on the left.
I'm not too worried about individual performances of the midfielders in this game because it is clear that the space and positioning was harming them.