Real Madrid’s pre-season wasn’t horrible, but it definitely could’ve been a lot better. Here’s a look back at Real’s short 4 game pre-season.
Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United (1-2 on penalties)
Real started off their pre-season with a game against Europa League winners Manchester United in Santa Clara. The match was relatively average, but the penalty shootout was one of the worst ever seen.
Los Blancos looked decent despite the lack of practice or match sharpness and had their fair share of chances in the match.
Jesse Lingard tapped in from a beautiful Martial run for United’s goal, while Casemiro blasted home a penalty for Real.
The penalty shootout was one to forget for both sides as there were only 3 goals in the 9 pens taken.
This match was an alright start to Real’s pre-season, a fairly even match lost on penalties.
Manchester City 4-1 Real Madrid
This one did come as a shock for the Real faithful, who are normally used to winning by three goals rather than losing by three.
The fact that Real were drawing 0-0 until Zidane brought on the youngsters relieved some fans, while some were still concerned. Otamendi, Sterling, Stones and Diaz all got on the score sheet for City.
Oscar Rodriguez scored an excellent 30 yarder, but it was just the consolation prize.
The second game was a bitter pill to swallow, but the absence of key players for the most of the second half made it a tad easier.
Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid
Losing an El Clasico is bitter, no matter the importance of the match.
Real went two goals behind but managed to come back in the game with goals from Kovacic and Asensio. Los Blancos’ defence was very leaky in the match, with gaps as wide as the ocean.
This loss was by far the most disappointing result of pre-season, due to a below average performance by Madrid.
Real Madrid 1-1 MLS All-Stars (4-2 on penalties)
Real’s final game of pre-season was against the MLS All Stars. The game was more of a publicity stunt rather than a practice match, but it was fun nonetheless.
Borja Mayoral scored a deflected effort to hand Real the lead, only to be cancelled out by a Dwyer goal in the dying minutes.
Thankfully, there were actually goals in this penalty shootout, with Real scoring all 4 of their shots.
The victory was a good, positive end to the otherwise disappointing and lacklustre pre-season.
Real have the UEFA Super Cup and the Spanish Super Cup to play before the league kicks off. The fans will definitely be expecting better performances from Los Blancos.