Real Madrid vs. Osasuna – Football Match Report – October 27, 2021
Real Madrid capped a day of results in reverse when they were held in check by Osasuna in La Liga on Wednesday.
Three days after eclipsing rivals Barcelona in the season premiere Classic, Real failed to reproduce the fireworks against high-flying Osasuna.
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“We played well. We lacked a finish. The team gave everything, we played against a team that was behind. We lacked a finish, but for me the team played well,” said Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The Pamplona side continue to defy the odds and are now sixth in La Liga, just two points behind Real, Sevilla, Real Betis and Real Sociedad, the four clubs tied with 21 points. Osasuna are also four points ahead of Barcelona, who lost their second consecutive league loss on Wednesday following a 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano.
Real were frustrated on several occasions by Osasuna, who played with 11 men behind the ball as they focused all their energy on preventing their opponents from scoring and their bet was won by leaving the Santiago Bernabeu stadium with a valuable point.
Despite dominating the game with 76% possession of the ball, Real were unable to break the deadlock.
Ancelotti added: “It’s hard to create chances with so many players in the box. We haven’t had a lot of chances to come out of the deep. The few times we’ve done it, we have it. “We did well. It can happen. The important thing is that we continue with the good momentum that we have and think about the next game.”
“Call me crazy, but I liked the performance … the first half a little less, but I liked the second half a lot. I can’t fault my players, they gave it their all. “
Osasuna, who has lost just twice in 11 league appearances this season, is now undefeated in his last five La Liga appearances.
The result coincided with the news of Barcelona’s sacking of Ronald Koeman. Asked about the Dutch boss’s ouster, Ancelotti said: “I’ve been fired several times and I’m still here alive, happy. It’s part of your job to be fired and you have to give your all as long as you “re coach.
“The day after they are fired, you can go ahead with your clear awareness, that you have given everything. I think Koeman is giving all he can.”