Real Madrid players in the squad photo, (c) Real Madrid Twitter.

3 talking points as Real Madrid finish second in La Liga

Real Madrid failed to defend their La Liga title but ended their season on a positive note by winning against Villarreal on Saturday.

Real Madrid mounted a late comeback against Villarreal at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Saturday evening to win 2-1, in their final match of the La Liga campaign. Zinedine Zidane’s charges conceded to Yeremi Pino early in the first half and were largely substandard for the entirety of the match, before individual brilliance rescued them.

Karim Benzema scored a fine goal to equalise just three minutes from full-time before Luka Modric struck a fine volley to ensure that the Whites won all three points in second half stoppage time. Despite a late turnaround, Atletico Madrid’s win meant that Real’s title defence came to an end and they finished second in La Liga in 2020/21.

What were the three talking points from the season?

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Zinedine Zidane has not made a decision on his future, yet, but the biggest takeaway from the season is that the club needs changes in several departments. As good a man manager the Frenchman is, he is not the best person from a tactical standpoint. The Whites were too predictable throughout the season and paid the price for a slow start to the campaign.

Gregory Dupont, the fitness coach, and Sanitas, the medical team, need to be scrutinised as well after the team suffered no less than 60 injuries over the course of the season. Finally, the arrival of a goal-scorer is a must and Kylian Mbappe is the club’s need of the hour. The summer transfer window needs to be revolutionary and it is up to the board to make a few calls now.