Spanish press slams 'DEFENCELESS' Real Madrid after loss to Villarreal

Spanish press blast ‘DEFENCELESS’ Real Madrid after the LaLiga giants fail to take top spot over Barcelona with 2-1 defeat by Villarreal… as Marca warn the ‘slope of January has begun’ and another paper compares their performance to a ‘flat tyre’

  • Real Madrid suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss to Villarreal in LaLiga on Saturday
  • Spanish newspapers heavily criticised Carlo Ancelotti’s side’s defensive display 
  • The reigning champions missed out on the opportunity to overtake Barcelona

Leading Spanish newspapers slammed Real Madrid’s ‘defenceless’ display after the LaLiga giants suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat by Villarreal on Saturday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side missed out on the opportunity to usurp league leaders Barcelona, as second-half goals from Yeremy Pino and Gerard Moreno kept Madrid in second spot.

Karim Benzema’s spot-kick levelled the scoreboard in the 60th minute before David Alaba conceded a penalty three minutes later, allowing Moreno to score the winner from the spot.

Spanish newspapers slammed Real Madrid after their 2-1 defeat against Villarreal on Saturday

The Austrian international slipped and handled the ball, capping off an error-prone performance from the reigning champions.

AS described Real Madrid’s performance as ‘defenceless’ as they lost ground in the title race

Sport went with the headline ‘Pinchazo!’ – meaning ‘prick’ or ‘puncture’ – to highlight the Spanish giants’ fragility at the back.

Meanwhile, Marca used the headline ‘The slope of January has begun’, with Madrid set to face Valencia, Villarreal, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad before the end of the month.

‘Defenceless’ was splashed across the front pages of AS, who piled in on last season’s Champions League winners’ mistakes at the back.

Barcelona will extend their lead at the summit of LaLiga to three points with a home victory against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Atletico sit in fourth place on 27 points and a win would take them above Real Sociedad in third.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side missed out on the opportunity to overtake league leaders Barcelona

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