It seems like it is taking forever for Castilla to reach that 40 point mark... The mark which ensures safety and represents a time in which we may all be able to begin to dream again. The team is picking up points on a weekly basis, but as the saying goes: good things come to those who wait. Another win today against fellow play-off spot pushers Guijuelo would keep that ball rolling at good pace. The team line-up was exactly the same as the previous two weeks, as both Vinícius Júnior and Javier Sánchez were still being covered in cotton wool to stay ready for potential first team action. Augusto Galván returned to the bench after spending the week training alongside Neymar and company with the Brazilian national team in England. The rest of the team can be seen below. I’d like to see some changes for the next game against bottom of the table but for now this isn’t a big issue really.
The first half did nothing but reaffirm a few of my initial thoughts regarding this years standard. Guijuelo are a team chasing promotion, but throughout this game it became obvious that they lacked any genuine quality. I don’t mean to bash teams for the sake of it, but when the top teams are performing like the bottom teams and still bringing home the bacon, then it gives Castilla followers all the more reason to be optimistic. Castilla themselves showed a lack of quality in areas, and although they controlled the play they were unable to muster up many chances, or even key sequences. A Franchu run early on was probably the best chance of a safe half of football.
Nice sequence from Franchu here. Just needed a finish. pic.twitter.com/XXxwYMP43D— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) November 25, 2018
The second half was an improvement, but not by much. It always looked as though if anyone was going to grab the points, it was going to be Castilla. It took a good while but eventually star man Cristo González superbly flicked on a Franchu cross with his head past the keeper. There wasn’t really much of a shift in momentum after that. Castilla continued to quietly attack, and the visitors looked incapable of forging a comeback. They did however come as close as you can get at one point. Luca Zidane saved a powerful strike, but took himself out of the game momentarily by doing so. This left the Guijuelo striker with nothing but an empty net to earn his side a point. To be fair on him, he didn’t have much time, but punting the ball over the defenceless target from very close range was a sure sign of the quality on show. Castilla managed to see the rest of the game out with ease and looked the better side until the very end!
Cristo puts Castilla ahead at last. His 5th of the season. pic.twitter.com/BzEbOhoplo— Kiyan Sobhani (@KiyanSo) November 25, 2018
This win puts Castilla up to third place, joint top with SS Reyes and Fuenlabrada on 26 points. With the youngsters paying a visit to bottom of the table Deportivo B next week, it could be safe to say we may see Castilla back at the top of the tree sooner than we once thought. How times have changed for those two sides, by the way... Man of the match today was Manu Hernando, in what was only his third game back from a lengthy injury. He showed exactly why the team have missed him with his driving forward runs, and his physical presence at the back! 14 points to go. Get your dreams ready...
FULL TIME!— Managing Madrid (@managingmadrid) November 25, 2018
Real Madrid Castilla 1-0 Guijuelo!
A deserved but well fought win for Castilla seems them climb into the top 3, joint on points with the league leaders!
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