The end of the season is finally here! It has been a long and painful journey, but Santiago Solari's Castilla were ready to go out on a high against group champions Albacete. They impressively won the first tie 3-1, in what ended up being their best moment of the season. This was likely to be Solari's last game, and with nothing to play for, he went for a pretty standard staring XI. Craninx was chosen to finish the season in goal after two very strong performances in the prior games. The most interesting selection choice was that of Achraf, who was instructed to play on the wing, ahead of 2 wingers left on the bench.
Castilla XI: Craninx, Tejero, Sánchez, Hermoso, Abner, Febas, Seoane, Muñoz, Achraf, Campuzano & Díaz #RealMadridCastilla pic.twitter.com/66zcPDGNqu— RM Castilla Stats (@CastillaStats) May 14, 2017
With the game only being broadcast on the radio in Spain, it was not the easiest game to follow. From the sounds of things Albacete had the more chances in the first half, but the Castilla defence held strong. In the second period, Castilla brought on Vergos for Campuzano, and Nikos caused plenty of problems, but was unable to deliver the final blow. It was a pretty quiet game, with only 2 yellow cards being dished out. Quezada came on for Abner in an attempt to grab the winning goal, but it proved to be too much of a challenge for Castilla. Gorka Zabarte came on for Tejero, to make his Real Madrid Castilla debut in the dying seconds! The game ended 0-0, with Castilla recording a respectable draw to close out their campaign.
And relax. The season is officially over. Castilla finished the season in 11th place, on 51 points, with a -4 goal difference... They finished above Barakaldo, but below Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao B, whom they recorded victories over earlier in the year. It's been a disappointing year, and things can surely only get better from here. There will be plenty of changes coming up in the summer, in both the management team and the squad. For now, the players and fans alike can have a bit of a break, before returning ready to improve for next season under a new manager.
In the next week, I will be releasing all of this seasons statistics on my Twitter, @CastillaStats. I will also be writing up my end of season review, amongst other articles right here on ManagingMadrid, so be sure to keep an eye out for those. Thank you all for following Castilla and my reports this season, it's been great to see all of your comments and have the chance to chat with you guys. Hopefully that carries on for a long time, and we will have a lot more to discuss next season! Until next time...