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Three takeaways from Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw against Tottenham

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Los Blancos must improve.

Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw at home against Tottenham not only proved that the London-based club are very solid, it aso showed that Madrid have not recovered the momentum they gained when they beat Barcelona over two legs in the Spanish Super Cup. Here are three takeaways from the game.

  1. Los Blancos must improve their game before it’s too late. Real Madrid are collecting wins and even cut Barcelona’s lead in La Liga to five points last weekend. However, it will only be a matter of time before they drop more points if they don’t play better. Sure, they had more than enough chances to score their second goal and Lloris was brilliant, but so was Keylor Navas, who prevented Tottenham from getting an impressive away win at the Bernabeu.
  2. Benzema should’ve scored but he is not the main issue. Of course, the French striker had two easy chances which would’ve probably given Madrid the lead. However, Real Madrid’s attacking system completely stalled as soon as he was taken off the field. Benzema is a key player and makes Madrid play better.
  3. Stop crossing the ball. It’s shocking to see Real Madrid crossing the ball one time after another even when Cristiano Ronaldo is not close to the opponent’s box. Real Madrid started the game with Kroos, Modric, Isco and Benzema and yet they relied heavily upon crossing the ball and decided to send 35 of them. Los Blancos have quality playmakers who should be trusted more in the center of the field.