Real Madrid: 5 burning questions from the humiliation at Alcoyano

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid, Lucas Vazquez
Real Madrid, Lucas Vazquez (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Why was Lucas Vazquez the only one who tried?

Before the match started, Madridistas were nervous about an attacking trident of Vinicius Junior, Mariano Diaz, and Lucas Vazquez. And lo and behold, Vazquez was the only one of those three players who did anything worth praising in this match.

I have to say, Vazquez has impressed me a lot this season. Whenever Real have needed someone to step up as a leader, Vazquez has done so. He’s proved his value to the squad in a huge way, and while he wasn’t perfect against Alcoyano, he did absolutely everything he could to carry Real Madrid’s attack. Literally nobody else in the midfield or attack offered more of a threat than Vazquez. That’s not really high praise and more of a damnation of what we saw from the other players, but Vazquez still did his part.

His stats include seven key passes, three shots on target, five dribbles completed, five accurate crosses, eight accurate long balls, 13 duels won, two tackles, and five fouls drawn. Even across 120 minutes, those are great numbers for the right winger, who tested the on-fire Jose Juan multiple times. Again, that’s more than what I can say about Vinicius and Mariano, who did a grand total of zero to threaten Alcoyano’s goal.

Vazquez used to be a huge target for criticism from the fanbase, but he continues to show why he’s one of Real Madrid’s biggest bright spots. What a weird season.