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Deserved defeat at Villarreal is coming at the wrong time for a tired Real Madrid side

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Deserved defeat at Villarreal is coming at the wrong time for a tired Real Madrid side

Garcia thinks Villarreal and MVP Gerard Moreno fully deserve win against Real Madrid (1:20)

Luis Garcia talks through the 2-1 Villarreal win over Real Madrid in La Liga in a packed Estadio de la Ceramica. (1:20)

A second-half penalty fromGerard MorenosawReal Madridbeaten 2-1 atVillarrealon Saturday to leave Madrid level on points withBarcelonaat the top of LaLiga ahead of Barcas trip toAtletico Madridon Sunday.

Yeremy Pinoput Villarreal ahead on 47 minutes before two penalties in three minutes -- both for handball -- were awarded by referee Cesar Soto Grado.Karim Benzemaconverted his spot kick afterJuan Foythhandled inside the area beforeDavid Alabawas also penalised, giving Moreno the chance to put the home side back in front.

Theres no shame in losing away at Villarreal: after all, Real Madrid havent won at the La Ceramica stadium since 2017. But the timing and manner of this defeat might just set some alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu. Madrid were only narrowly outplayed on Saturday -- Villarreal edged the game on xG (2.94 to 2.02), shots (17 to 12) and shots on target (5 to 3), with Madrid having marginally more possession -- but nobody could really argue that Villarreal didnt deserve their victory following a thrilling, end-to-end contest.

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In whats shaping up to be a tight title race -- Madrid and Barcelona both locked on 38 points ahead of Barcas trip to Atletico Madrid on Sunday -- any dropped points are cause for concern, and this defeat comes ahead of a punishing schedule. Madrid travel toSaudi Arabianext week for the Spanish Supercopa, and theyll be back at La Ceramica in 10 days time in the Copa del Rey round of 16. Madrids next LaLiga games are a tough away trip toAthletic Club, and hosting in-formReal Sociedadin the last game this month, plus the Club World Cup inMoroccoon the horizon in early February.

A defeat for Barca at Atletico would calm some nerves, but a win for Madrids rivals would put Xavis team back in the drivers seat in the title race.

Villarreal fully deserved their victory over a tired Real Madrid side that lacked coherence.

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2. Madrids non-Spanish XI reflects changing times

Real Madrid made history before Saturdays game had even kicked off, with coach Carlo Ancelotti picking a starting XI without a single Spanish-born player for the first time since the clubs foundation in 1902. WithDani Carvajalinjured andMarco AsensioandLucas Vazquezon the bench, the team featured three French players (Ferland MendyAurelien Tchouameniand Karim Benzema), two Germans (Toni KroosandAntonio Rudiger), two Brazilians (Eder Militao andVinicius Junior), a Belgian (Thibaut Courtois), an Austrian (David Alaba), a Belgian (Thibaut Courtois) and a Uruguayan (Federico Valverde).

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In many ways, this is simply a reflection of an increasingly globalised game, where an elite club like Madrid can target the worlds best players. But its also a stark reminder of how a club that, for many years, was synonymous with the national team -- led, of course, by long-time Madrid andSpaincaptainSergio Ramos-- is currently a bit-part player when it comes to Spain. Only Carvajal and Asensio were present in Luis Enriques 26-man squad at the World Cup.

This wasnt the first time Madrid have had 11 non-Spanish players out on the pitch at the same time -- they ended a 2-1 Champions League defeat to Sheriff Tiraspol like that on Sept. 28, 2021 -- but theyve never before started that way.

In many ways, its a consequence of the clubs transfer policy in recent years. The last Spanish first-team signing wasBrahim Diazin January 2019. Since then,Eden HazardLuka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Eder Militao, Rodrygo Goes, David Alaba,Eduardo Camavinga, Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni have all come in. And withEnglandJude Bellinghambeing targeted for next summer andBrazils EndrickFelipedue in 2024, its a trend thats set to continue.

Karim Benzema notched a second-half penalty to tie Alfredo Di Stefano in the all-time LaLiga scoring charts, but it wasnt enough for the champions.

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3. Quique Setiens Villarreal start to take shape

Villarreals transition from Unai Emery to Quique Setien -- after Emery quit in October to take charge atAston Villa-- was never going to be easy. The two coaches are radically different in style and philosophy, with Emery prioritising defensive solidity and pacey attacking transitions, and Setien favouring a more patient, possession-based approach.

Setiens debut run of fixtures couldnt have gone much worse. A run of four games without a win sparked rumours that he might be fired just two weeks after taking over. But things have settled down since then, the World Cup break came at a good time -- giving Setien valuable training ground time with the players left behind -- and this was Villarreals best performance yet under the new boss.

The return of Gerard Moreno is crucial in that regard. Moreno, who might just be Spains best forward and was sorely missed by the national team inQatar, was absent from September until November with a hamstring problem. On this evidence, hes back to his best, a constant menace for the Real Madrid defence, and thats great news for Setien and Villarreal. A top four finish shouldnt be out of the question given the quality of their squad.

Villarreal:Pepe Reina7; Juan Foyth 6,Raul Albiol8,Pau Torres7,Alberto Moreno7;Francis Coquelin7,Dani Parejo8, Alex Baena 7;Samu Chukwueze7, Yeremy Pino 7, Gerard Moreno 8.

Subs:Alfonso Pedraza6,Jose Luis Morales6,Arnaut Danjuma6, Manuel Trigueros 6.

Real Madrid:Thibaut Courtois 7; Eder Militao 7, Antonio Rudiger 6, David Alaba 6, Ferland Mendy 5; Aurelien Tchouameni 5, Toni Kroos 7,Luka Modric6; Fede Valverde 6, Vinicius Junior 6, Karim Benzema 7.

Subs:Rodrygo Goes 6, Lucas Vazquez 6, Eduardo Camavinga 6, Marco Asensio 6.

His intelligent movement made him a nightmare for Madrid to deal with. Some glorious touches in the second half. Went off to a standing ovation.

Gave away the ball for Villarreals opener and was subbed off by Ancelotti when Madrid went 2-1 down.

The Yellow Submarine are always hard to break down at home and Saturday proved no different as they took down the defending LaLiga champions on Saturday. Their first goal, from Pino right after half-time, was lovely too...

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Real Madrid fought back but Villarreal hung on for a famous win and certainly didnt waste any time enjoying the post-match vibes...

... and getting to the locker room to truly celebrate.

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Real Madrid were disappointing and lacking in sharpness on Saturday against an opponent that took full advantage.

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First win vs Real Madrid in LaLiga since 2018, snapping a streak of nine LaLiga games without a win vs. Madrid. (It was the clubs longest active winless run vs a single opponent in LaLiga.)

His last 2 goals with Villarreal were via penalty kick. Prior to that, he had scored 6 straight non PK goals. Also, Saturday marked his second career game-winning goal in LaLiga vs. Real Madrid, having previously done it in 2018 with a 93rd minute goal.

His 60th minute penalty was his 227th career goal in LaLiga, tying Alfredo Di Stfano (227) for sixth and putting him just one shy of Ral Gonzlez (228) for fifth on the all-time LaLiga top scorers list

Villarreal:The Yellow Submarine wont have long to enjoy this result, as they face a trip toCelta Vigo(Jan. 13) on Friday, followed by a Copa del Rey date with a familiar opponent, Real Madrid, on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Real Madrid:Carlo Ancelottis side face a trickier run of games given their participation in the Spanish Super Cup in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, next week. Their next game is the Super Cup semifinal againstValencia(Wednesday, Jan. 11) and, if they win that, theyd have the final against Barcelona orReal Betison Sunday, Jan. 15. From there, a quick trip home before the Copa del Rey round of 16 game against Villarreal on Jan. 18. Phew!