In this LATE LATE match report I would just like to mention the performance of our two signings, Huntelaar and Diarra. I was really impressed with Diarra, I think he handled the midifield pretty well and didn’t allow Villareal’s midfielders to settle on the ball. I think he is going to be a regular in our first team, because of his age and because of his experience in playing big matches. He has played with Arsenal and Chelsea before, which are like, the biggest clubs in world football.
As for Huntelaar, he didn’t look sharp enough. He missed a golden opportunity and had he been playing for like 2 months, that ball was destined to finish at the back of the net. Huntelaar looked really good in the air. Real Madrid did change their tactics a bit during the game (which is really surprising) and threw in some lob passes to Huntelaar and he controlled them relatively well.
Huntelaar lacked some speed but I think he cant easily overcome this weakness with his touch and awareness around the the penalty area.
Overall, Real Madrid played an attacking game (as we always do) but the difference was that our defence looked in pretty decent shape. Sergio Ramos has learned how to be a right back. Now he doesn’t just bomb in the penalty area, he defends and when sees a good opportunity, comes forward. That way, he doesn’t negelect his defensive duties, when Schuster was incharge. Ramos was always going forward and that made Real Madrid very vulnerable on the right hand side of the field.
Pepe and Cannavaro looked solid too. Pepe especially. His speed gives him the edge over most strikers and Villareal don’t exactly have Eto’os and Messi’s who can trouble Pepe.
Anyway, Real Madrid put on pressure and from the top of the box Robben sent a shot of the crossbar (11′). Three minutes later Sneijder tried his luck from long range only to see the ball sail wide right of López (14′).
Robben was undoubtly Real Madri’s man of the match. He was really on song tonight and really showed us, what a fully fit Robben can do. Infact, I am going to quote some statistics, which I stumbled upon.
Arjen Robben is the most effective dribbler in La Liga having successfully feinted 74 times in 862 minutes and turned the ball over less than the likes of Leo Messi, Sergio “Kun” Agüero, Joaquín and Simao.
Robben’s 74 dribbles are eight more than the 66 by Simao (Atlético Madrid) and good enough for the fourth spot behind “Kun” Agüero’s 81 (Atlético Madrid), Joaquín’s 96 (Valencia) and the 104 by Leo Messi (F.C. Barcelona).
But among the five players, the Dutch midfielder has seen theleastamount of playing time. His 862 minutes of action are well below Messi’s 1,211; Joaquín’s 1,371; Agüero’s 1,296; and Simao’s 1,281.
Messi has lost the ball 12 times trying to beat a defender and averages one turnover every 100 minutes. Robben meanwhile has lost the ball just seven times for an average of one every 120 minutes. What’s more, once Robben escapes from his marker, he’s been able to finish the play 43 times compared to Messi’s 39 (four fewer plays in 349 fewer minutes).
The numbers are in and there’s no doubt about it. Robben is the best dribbler in Primera Divsion
These statistics really show how much worth Robben is to Real Madrid and that too, when Robben has just played two games at his potential.
Anyway, coming back to the game itself. On the 31st minute mark, it was Robben who scored the only goal of the match. It was a magnificant goal and even Lionel Messi would have been proud of himself had he scored such a goal.
Real Madrid players were building a move on the left hand side of the field. The ball came to Diarra and he switched the play to the right hand side by lobbing the ball to Robben. Robben took the ball (used Sergio Ramos’s dummy run as well) and just went towards the goal, beat 3 defenders and took a shot from outside of penalty area,theballflewtowardsthetopcorner