5. The comeback win against Sevilla, April 2021
Comeback wins have been the theme of this season, and this game against Sevilla followed the same template.
Results of the big games tend to decide the fate of the league, especially at a time when all the top teams are in fine form. Real Madrid had to play against Sevilla in the decisive stage of the season, and a win in this game could practically wrap up things for Real Madrid in LaLIga.
But Real Madrid were physically exhausted after playing at a high intensity for 120 minutes against Chelsea, just 5 days before the game. And the exhaustion was visible in the first half, as Sevilla scored two past Los Blancos in the first half itself, and the crowd at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan made sure that the volume in the stadium was at the highest level.
Yes, Real Madrid was physically exhausted, but not mentally. The determination was still there, and the team produced a sensational comeback in the second half, with goals from the half-time substitute Rodrygo Goes, Nacho Fernandez and an injury-time winner from Karim Benzema sealing the deal for Madrid. And Rodrygo put in a performance that made him break out as a star.
At that point, it was the best comeback of the season (because we didn’t play City by then) where everything went as per plan in the second half. In hindsight, we can say that this win wouldn’t have changed a lot for Real Madrid in the league as the team won it by a huge margin. Benzema’s late winner was the moment that practically ensured the 35th LaLiga title for Real Madrid, and there is no wrong in seeing it as the best moment of the season.
This win was also instrumental in winning the league early, something that has helped the team to focus more on the Champions League.