A 578 game long streak breaks as PSG defeats Real


Losing to Paris Saint-Germain isn't an embarrassing occurrence for any club. Not even if by a 3:0 score. Not even for the most successful club on the continent that is Real Madrid. But when the defeat comes with the opponents missing three of their key players - Mbappe, Neymar, and Cavanni, while not making a single shot on goal, that is a cause for worry.

Angel di Maria came back to haunt the team he played in for four years, scoring a brace in the first half, before Thomas Meunier put a stomp on the match in the added time. But what is more worrying is that Real failed to make a single shot on target for the whole 90 minutes. It's the first time this has happened in an official match in the last decade. A streak of 578 games broke as Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, and others failed to test out their former teammate Keylor Navas.

Gareth Bale did score a goal that was ruled out for a handball, which was slight in nature. But the bitter feeling stays especially as Zinedine Zidane's win ratio is below 50% since returning to the club after a short hiatus last season.

"They were superior to us in everything they did, and in intensity, which annoys me the most. They were good and created chances, but what worries me is that we played without intensity. We knew they'd pressure us. But we didn't really get properly into the game at any stage. Intensity is the most important thing on the pitch. You can have your worst game, but if you play with intensity, put your foot in, win challenges, you can win the game - but we didn't," said Zidane.

Real's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois didn't make any tangible errors but the Belgian fails to justify his reputation since coming to Santiago Bernabeu last summer. Conceding the first goal at the near post. In 2018, his move from Chelsea seemed like one of the steals of the transfer window, but his performances don't warrant for the world-class status he has in the footballing world.

Real is to face Sevilla next in La Liga and the odds for Sevilla to score over 1.5 goals is 2 (1 fractional).


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