Real Madrid: 5 burning questions after frantic draw with Monchengladbach

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Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane
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Real Madrid could not get the full three points against Borussia Monchengladbach, but they are thankful that they even got a point at all.

It was another slow performance from Real Madrid, who could not follow up their 3-1 win over Barcelona this weekend with another thoroughly professional display. Los Blancos had more possession, but they failed to capitalize on their chances and were torn apart by Borussia Monchengladbach stars Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram on counterattacks.

In the end, Real did show great heart and determination in drawing the game late 2-2 with a furious comeback, spurred on by the introductions of Eden Hazard and Luka Modric to the match.

Here are five burning questions for Los Merengues after dropping more points in the 2020-2021 Champions League.

Can Real Madrid make their possession count?

It seems like Real Madrid’s ability to control games with their midfield is as much a curse as a blessing. Los Blancos had two-thirds of the ball on Tuesday night, yet they were close to losing the game and were caught out repeatedly on the counter by Marco Rose’s side.

Real have had issues with giving up counterattacking goals since the start of the 2019-2020 season. Go back to their second group stage match of last year’s Champions League group stage against Club Brugge, and the story is the same. Real Madrid gave up two counterattacking goals and needed a second-half comeback led by Casemiro and Sergio Ramos to save the day.

Making their possession count starts with converting chances, and Karim Benzema really needs to be better this season.