A fatigued Real Madrid accused the excess of games at a decisive moment in the fight for LaLiga and gave up a goalless draw, the second in the last three days, which complicate their aspirations to the title, against a Betis that missed the opportunity to win the triumph on the counterattack under the good direction of Diego Lainez.
Maintaining a level on a crazy schedule is a pipe dream. Doing it at the limit of strength and three days into the semifinals of the Champions League, with the risk of distraction, was impossible for a Real Madrid that got stuck against Betis. The illusion of the double is reduced to hours of the European duel against Chelsea, with Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona with a lower load of matches on their legs.
Real Madrid was unable to read the duel from the beginning stuck, with Zinedine Zidane innovating in his eleven as he recovered pieces. Giving up the left side where he displaced a Nacho who was immeasurable as a center-back in the absence of Sergio Ramos and hardly contributed in a demarcation in which he is not used to playing.
Without feeling pressure or defensive burdens. From the possession with criteria but without taking a step forward in the last meters, Betis walked calmly through the first act. At the pace set by his highest quality player, Sergio Canales, who appeared judiciously behind Casemiro to invent between the lines.
Real Madrid lacked the vertigo of Vinicius in a duel lacking in rhythm. Five novelties from Zidane from the beginning that did not give fluidity to the game. Only when the ball passed by Benzema, the plays gained a sense from the technical quality. He was the only one who tested the safety of Claudio Bravo in a lone shot on goal throughout the first half. The return to 4-3-3 did not increase the vertigo. Some isolated snatch of Marco Asensio, missing Rodrygo.
The defensive security should have pushed Betis for more in moments of doubt in Madrid. TO Borja Iglesias placeholder image he lacked millimeters to reach centers of Channels Y Emerson, well stopped by an inspired Militao. Not a shot at Courteous that saw Canales’s most dangerous attempt crashed on the side of the net.
Six minutes before the break, Benzema hooked up an unforgiving action, with a pass from Isco behind the centrals. Real Madrid depends on its killer. Even more so in a day of traffic jam that he wanted to solve in the second part. Increasing anxiety as the game progressed and Betis forgave their dangerous counterattacks.
Those of Zidane had to take a step forward. No margin for error in the title fight. They left spaces and Lainez’s figure grew, providing quality in each of his actions. Unbalancing with speed and vision on the pass. Mendi forgave the first and the Mexican played the second. The game was in the hands of the team of Pilgrims but it lacked success. Guido he forgave the clearest against Courtois.
In the instability, Zidane sought protection in Vinicius, but the Brazilian had one of those days of mistakes in the auction that brings him closer to despair. The duel lacked the inspiration of the forward. Benzema did not have more and Borja Iglesias failed what a 9 cannot forgive.
Real Madrid lacked finesse in the last meters and freshness to Modric on his return to lead his team to victory. He longed for the figure of Kroos. Zidane’s last attempt was to bet on the bands with the entry of Odriozola Y Marcelo, but no attempt came close to goal. Casemiro from outside the area and in the bad shots of Vinicius, part of the league aspirations left him.
There was only one resource left to tie himself to, the return of Eden Hazard with more finesse than when he relapsed from his injuries. He imposed the criterion that was missing but in the rain there were no shots to his imagination. Real Madrid tried the whole game with a set piece without success and ended up asking for a hand, from Miranda, after a shot from Militao. Betis accepted the point as good. Fourth consecutive visit to the white house without being defeated and a step behind those of Zidane, at the limit of strength.