If a word can define the beginning of the year for Real Madrid's Santiago Solari, it's "lazy." The "merengue team" has added one of six possible in two games played in the last week.
In the first match, in the visit to Villarreal, they could not pass from the two goals tie due to lack of the defense.
Now, in the league clash at home, they let Real Sociedad take control of the ball, the field, and the game so that they would reap an elusive victory in the Santiago Bernabeu since the 2003-2004 season, and only fourth in 72 games he has played against the meringues.
In just two minutes the visiting club scored because of a defensive error, this latest version of Real Madrid trademark. A push from Marcelo on Merino led to the penalty spot to Willian Jose, who exploited the opportunity.
Madrid's response was slow but forceful, but luckiness. He did not count on technology, either, to minimize errors in arbitration assessments. The goalkeeper Rulli, who endured the gale, knocked Vinicius inside the area, but neither the referee nor the VAR sentenced the penalty.
Before that, the white team had ten players, after Lucas Vasquez accumulated a second yellow for hitting too much of a rival, forcing his team to play half an hour at a numerical disadvantage.
Ruben Pardo put the tombstone on the white grave, scoring in the 83rd minute the final 0-2.
The Real Madrid that closed the year as first of its group in the Champions League and as monarch of the Club World Cup, bets today on an 18-year-old boy, Vinicius, who did the impossible to please the fans, but was not count lucky to score an initial goal, while fans cry out to see new faces.
The "merengues" could not to reach the third place and stay in Champions League positions after a 1-1 draw between Sevilla and Atletico de Madrid, but Barcelona took advantage, thanks to their 1-2 victory in their Getafe visit now gets ten points to his eternal rival.