Madrid title hopes hanging by thread after shock loss to Real Sociedad

Ross Houston
January 8, 2019

The loss leaves Real on 30 points from 18 matches, while Sociedad move into a three-way tie for 11th with 22 points.

Last Sunday's defeat by Real Sociedad served to highlight not only Vinicius Junior's precocious talent but also the supporting role Isco has been assigned by Santiago Solari since the Argentinean stepped up from Castilla to take charge of the first team after the sacking of Julen Lopetegui. "I've always defended the VAR system, but it has to be improved because what we've seen was scandalous", Ramos said.

Rulli was not needed then but he would be, many times. He has hope, but we are out there on the field and we have to do better to have more concentration.

"Mourinho left us five years ago, yet everyone keeps talking about him".

Imanol will be without first choice goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya and striker Sandro due to physical problems and Geronimo Rulli, who lost his place to Moya earlier in the season after a series of high-profile errors, will be in goal at the Bernabeu as "la Real" look for their fifth away win of the campaign.

"Cristiano is a champion, he's part of our history, he's ours, we do not miss him because he's a player of ours and will always be part of our history even if now it plays for Juventus", said Solari in November.

Luka Modric, meanwhile, sought to play down the pressure on Solari, telling AS: "VAR is not something we can think about as players, maybe it is unusual we have not received a penalty but that is the way football is". We can't say we did well and just didn't have luck. "Never before have I seen a player shown a second yellow for something like that, where you're in the middle of the pitch with three Real Madrid players around you".

"We can't be crying for someone who didn't want to be here" said Isco in October, but whether Ronaldo saw his long-term future at Real or not, during each 90-minute stint he was the leader Real are sorely missing.

"We are all human and we all make mistakes, but when you have the chance to look over the evidence again and you do not, it's hard to understand".

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