After the loss away to Real Sociedad this past weekend, I think it’s clear that our midfielders have a lot of work to do (forget the defence for now…). We only managed to keep 55% possession of the ball in the match against the Basque team and with Atletico to come on the 13th, our best chance at beating the champions is by holding onto the ball and slowly breaking down their well organised defence.
Toni Kroos has been fantastic in terms of passing so far into his short Real Madrid career and so, surprisingly, has Isco with the two players achieving 91.2% and 89.3% passing accuracy rates respectively. However, up front, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez have both lost possession three times so far this season and both need to work on holding onto the ball.
Toni Kroos has made nine tackles in midfield and James, Isco and Marcelo have all made four each. The real concern however, has been Gareth Bale, who has the weakest passing accuracy in the team of 75.9%. Iker Casillas has been almost just as bad, which is a major concern, especially because he is making all his passes within the defensive third.
Carlo Ancelotti definitely needs to look at improving our defensive organization over the international break, but that is the obvious solution. If he really wants to make an effect on the team and claim a tough win against our noisy neighbours, he needs to look to improving our work in the midfield and make sure that we can keep possession.