Three takeaways as Real Madrid falter against City

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Real Madrid continue their wretched home form as they slipped to a defeat against Manchester City. Los Blancos initially took the lead before a few moments of madness ensued – here are our three takeaways.

Dani Carvajal, what on earth was that?

Dani Carvajal of Real Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 26: Daniel Carvajal of Real Madrid (L) chases Bernardo Silva of Manchester City (R) during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at Santiago Bernabeu on February 26, 2020 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Ricardo Nogueira/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Dani Carvajal had a howler of a game against Manchester City. The Spanish international was terrible on the ball and terrible off of it. Not only did he complete just 76% of his incredibly sloppy passes, he gave up possession numerous times in particularly dangerous areas.

Carvajal’s initial bright start to the season has quickly faded, time and time again, City players were just getting past him or exploiting the space left behind him. Whilst it is not entirely his fault – he is usually left with little support – the basic errors are unforgivable.

It seems it isn’t just Real Madrid fans who have noticed his bad run of form. Pep Guardiola seemed to have realised that the Spaniard is the weak-link in Real’s backline. The former Barcelona manager instructed Gabriel Jesus to attack Carvajal, which often led to City creating their most dangerous moments.

With Achraf Hakimi making waves in the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund, it seems Carvajal may want to get himself together – else he could be finding himself on the outside looking in.

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