Castilla have had their best start to a season under Santiago Solari, and were looking to continue that run and make it three wins on the bounce today against Navalcarnero. They would be without star man Vinícius Júnior, as he has been called into the first team squad for the Madrid derby tonight. Instead, perfectly abled new signing Jorge De Frutos took his place, with the other new summer singing Ayoub Abou also starting in midfield. Augusto Galván was included for the first time this season on the bench, hoping to make his professional debut...
The first half was poor in the sense of actual chances created, but was actually not a bad spectacle. Both teams were passing the ball around smoothly, with every player getting the chance to take a few nice touches here and there. Every shot Castilla carved out seemed to have a body in the way of it, and to be fair to Navalcarnero they defended really well during the majority of the game.
The second half at first appeared to heading the same way, as Navalcarnero looked to stretch the game out and try and achieve a draw. This was a foolish game-plan, as Castilla continued to knock at the door, and after a few changes, they managed to burst their way in. Substitute Dani Gómez played his part, finding Feuillassier- but the Argentinian did the rest. Franchu went on a long mazy run through the opposition defence before firing past the keeper to finally put Castilla ahead. Floodgates destroyed, Navalcarnero had seemingly given up. It was no surprise then that it didn’t take long for the lead to be doubled. Adrián De La Fuente headed home Álvaro Fidalgo’s corner. Castilla were steamrolling ahead and didn’t look done yet. The game settled down a bit as Madrid couldn't find a way past the defence, but then towards the end it randomly exploded. Navalcarnero took advantage of a couple of lucky bounces in the box before slotting home past Luca Zidane. Just as it looked like the final minutes were going to be tense, Jorge De Frutos broke away on the counter and squared it to Dani Gómez to finish coolly and make the final scoreline 3-1 to Castilla!
Another good win, and it sends Castilla to the top of the table. At least, until tomorrow depending on other results... It has to be said the team are playing very well, and look more confident then they have ever been under Solari. The cause in unclear, but we can only hope they maintain this form for as long as possible. It’s another B team clash next time as Castilla take on Real Valladolid B, who are in some of their best recent form themselves. I’d also be chuffed if you joined me tonight on the @ManagingMadrid Twitter to watch the Madrid derby. What an exciting one that’ll be... I’ll see you there, and as always - thanks for reading!
Goals: Feuillassier, De La Fuente & Gómez
Assists: Fidalgo & De Frutos x2