Real Madrid Suffering Worst Start in Over a Decade

Real Madrid’s fourth league match against Sevilla ended in utter defeat on Saturday, when an early goal was able to deprive them of yet another win. They are currently 8 points behind the league leaders, Barcelona, who they were able to top just weeks before in their fight for the Supercup. Madrid’s defeat put them in 10th place on the La Liga table, while Sevilla rose to 3rd. This is their worst start to La Liga since the 2001-02 season.

Just 69 seconds after the start of the game, Piotr Trochowski managed to deliver the only goal of the match against the already downcast Real Madrid. He evaded Di Maria and headed an unstoppable high ball into the net after a corner kick. Madrid was lucky to dodge a red card though, when Higuain committed a pretty nasty foul against Navarro. Madrid failed to respond to the goal in the remainder of the 1st half; both of Ronaldo’s chances were saved by Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop.

“Right now I have no team. We are a team without concentration. At halftime, I changed two players and wanted to change six,” a frustrated Jose Mourinho said at the start of the second half. Karim Benzema and Luka Modric ran out on the pitch to replace Angel Di Maria and Mesut Özil in the hopes that the fresh players would change the course of the game.

Unfortunately for Madrid, the substitutes made no impact. Madrid had a few decent chances and were lucky enough that Negredo failed to double Sevilla’s lead when a fairly straightforward shot went just off target.

Following the game, Mourino congratulated Sevilla with their victory and said that Madrid got the prize they deserved. “For Sevilla, every ball was the last one in their life. They played with perfect aggression in everything. They wanted to play quickly, move the ball quickly. My team did it against Barcelona, and haven’t done it in any other game.”

As if they weren’t upset enough with their loss, arch-rivals Barcelona topped Getafe with a score of 4-1 on the same day, awarding them their 4th straight win and a total of 12 points on the La Liga table.

Adriano Correia began Barcelona’s series of goals after awarding them a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute. Messi added another 2 goals to their lead after being substituted in the 59th minute, the first of which was a penalty and the second one coming in just 4 minutes. Villa, who was also substituted in, topped it off with a goal at the start of stoppage time.

“The most important thing is we have 12 points from 12, we tried to control the game and we could have scored a few more. We’ll see tomorrow how long Puyol will be out, it’s a problem, he gives us a lot of organisation at the back and is very important for us.” said Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova.

There has also been speculation from the media that Cristiano Ronaldo may be searching for a better contract and wants to leave Real Madrid. He feels that he has not earned the respect he deserves from his teammates or his fans.