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VIDEO: Why Do Real Madrid Seem To Be Allergic To Good Defense?

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Ironically, the answer lies in the way Real Madrid choose to attack.


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Real Madrid are famed for many things: trophies, attacking football, demanding fans, an impatient board, and even black magic. But one thing they’re not well known for is good defense.

Why is that?

At the risk of over-generalizing, it has to do with the tactical decisions that Madrid have made in attack.

That sounds counterintuitive, but it is important to remember that offense and defense are not separate entities - they are two linked phases of the game that constantly influence each other. To understand why Real Madrid generally struggles defensively, you have to look at their scheme from a holistic perspective.