The two goals conceded by Betis in their openers have called into question their defensive system. Or rather, the players who are part of it.
In Mallorca they conceded a goal due to a number of errors, in which Montoya was singled out, and against Cádiz it was Victor Ruiz with the schoolboy error that led to the penalty.
The fact is that a year ago, in these same two matchdays, the defensive solvency that Pellegrini had established in his team was praised, with two wins and two clean sheets against, Alavés and Valladolid.
Unless he can get back to that tonight, Los Blancos will be licking their lips at the chances that are likely to come their way. Juanmi will be on Madrid’s mind tonight given that he is the opposition’s only scorer this season.
Aside from him though, Fekir – who almost joined Liverpool a couple of seasons back – and Canales, a former Madrid young hope, are likely to be constant threats. Clearly most of the attention tonight is on this game but anyone linked to Madrid will also be very mindful of the negotiations that have been taking place regarding the possible arrival of Kylian Mbappé.
Dani Carvajal off the volley ?? pic.twitter.com/ZYOTgcehlQ
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 28, 2021