(Video) Real Madrid 1-2 Atletico Madrid: Can The Champions League Holders Recover From Their Poor Start to La Liga Season?

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Real Madrid are struggling after two consecutive La Liga defeats…

Goals from Tiago Mendes and Arda Turan ensured that Real Madrid would fall to a second consecutive La Liga defeat, this time at the hands of their city rivals Atletico. But what has gone wrong for the European champions?

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Real found themselves behind inside ten minutes, when Tiago headed in Koke’s cross from close range. This was the players third goal in as many games:

Gareth Bale came close to scoring for Real, but was denied by this fantastic save by Miguel Angel Moya – who needs Thibaut Courtois?


But Real were handed the chance to get back into the game when Guilherme Siqueira brought down Cristiano Ronaldo, who duly converted the penalty. The awarding of the spot kick was however controversial, with some claiming that he dived:

Karim Benzema then missed this golden opportunity to give Real the lead. Shortly afterwards, he was replaced by Manchester United loanee Javier Hernandez – was that the right decision?


It certainly seemed to backfire on Carlo Ancelotti and his team, who were beaten by this goal 14 minutes from time by Arda Turan – who coolly finished after good work from Juanfran:


So with Madrid stranded in a lowly twelfth place in the La Liga table, already four points behind last year’s champions Atletico, and six behind arch-rivals Barcelona, how worrying a time is this for the La Liga giants?

James Rodriguez and Javier Hernandez look a pale comparison of Angel di Maria and Alvaro Morata, who both left the club this summer, while their defence were twice undone by Atletico crosses. After last year’s huge success, Ancelotti is suddenly under mounting pressure to turn this dip in form around.

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