Real Madrid’s last-minute defeat in Paris this mid-week continues to leave a bitter taste in the mouth because of how embarrassing Real Madrid's approach and their expression of that approach was.
Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema are Real Madrid’s two best players in attack. Carlo Ancelotti set his team up in a way that the service towards Vinicius and Benzema was at the minimal level. In a game where Madrid suffered to hold onto possession in the first place, the possession saw a lot of meaningless recycling without any clear intent.
Kroos and Modric
In this combined pass map of Kroos and Modric, we observe the horizontal nature of their possession recycling inside their own area. This was such a frustrating trend in the game, where Real Madrid just could not break free from PSG’s press.
Half Spaces and Zone 14
In a game where Real Madrid had just three shots, their half-space penetration was destined to be shambolic. But not a single successful pass into zone 14 for the entirety of the game is unthinkably disappointing.
Real Madrid did not have any pressing in the opponent’s half. Almost all of their defensive actions were inside their own half.
This was a game to forget, but unfortunately, forgetting a performance like this won’t be easy to do.