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Three takeaways from Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw against Brugge in the Champions League

Real Madrid can’t take nights off.

Real Madrid v Club Brugge KV: Group A - UEFA Champions League Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid found a way to score twice in the second half and rescued a point on Club Brugge’s visit to the Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos should’ve used this game to keep gaining momentum yet they got back to square one after a very discouraging performance in front of their fans. Here are three takeaways from the game.

  1. Lucas Vazquez should not be ahead of Vinicius, Brahim and Rodrygo in the rotation. It should be obvious, right? This draw is not Vazquez’s fault. Still, if Bale is going to be the starter on Real’s right wing, those three players mentioned should all get more minutes than Vazquez. The Bernabeu has had enough and even though Vazquez tries hard and contributes defensively, that’s not enough to make a bigger impact than what Vinicius, Brahim or Rodrygo could do with the same amount of minutes. It’s time for coach Zidane to realize this, and if he doesn’t Real Madrid should just sell the player to save the French coach from himself.
  2. Can Real Madrid rely on Modric to start consistently? Any given player can have a bad game and the reigning Ballon D’Or just didn’t have it last night. Still, there are reasons for concern. He’s 34 years old and it’s safe to assume that he’s past his prime, so coach Zidane should probably have an open competition for that spot between Modric himself, James Rodriguez and Isco. It’s time to manage Modric’s minutes more efficiently and while it’s not ideal that Madrid got rid of three capable midfielders like Llorente, Ceballos and Kovacic this past summer, Zidane still has options.
  3. This team is not good enough to take nights off. That’s not necessarily a big problem if every member of the squad —including the coach— decide to play with a sense of urgency. We’re used to seeing Real Madrid succeed against manageable opposition even while playing somewhat poorly. That just won’t happen anymore and Los Blancos need to play with their foot on the gas pedal for 90 minutes, no matter if Zidane has made rotations or not.

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