Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane, (c) Soccrates Images

3 talking points as Real Madrid are shocked by Cadiz

Cadiz claimed a famous 1-0 win over Real Madrid in La Liga to end the defending champions’ 15-match unbeaten run in the competition.

Real Madrid were stunned by Cadiz, who left the Spanish capital with a 1-0 win at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium. Los Blancos were unable to trouble the newly promoted side after a horrible display and the defending champions have a lot to ponder upon with El Clasico just one week away now.

Anthony Lozano struck the solitary goal for the visitors in the first half and after that, it was always an uphill ride for the Merengues. Zinedine Zidane made four substitutions at half-time, including the withdrawal of Sergio Ramos, but the Frenchman’s charges were still unable to conjure anything out of the fixture.

Here is a look at the three talking points from the clash.

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Real Madrid were tactically second-best throughout the course of the match. Los Blancos were thwarted by Cadiz and one of the most important reasons why they were unable to carve anything out of the match was the players involved. Lucas Vazquez, who has not delivered anything of note in the recent past getting a start was fruitless.

Zidane opted against playing a defensive midfielder for the whole of the first half, meaning either Luka Modric or Toni Kroos were continuously impeded. The four substitutions Zidane made seemed to be more out of panic than tactical reasons because the left flank was left overloaded on most occasions with even Marco Asensio drifting onto the opposite flank from the right side.