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Real Madrid Posted Their Lowest Possession In A Game Since 2011

Real Madrid Posted Their Lowest Possession In A Game Since 2011

Possession might well be nine tenths of the law but Real Madrid proved that you don't always need it to be able to win a game of football, beating Real Betis with just 26% of the ball.

It has become a staple of Pep Guardiola's teams, as it was the 2010 Spain World Cup winning side, that they keep the ball and relentlessly move it around the pitch. Even on the odd occasions they lose it the point is to win it back in a matter of seconds and start again.

For a while it seemed 'tiki-taka' was becoming the only way to win games as the world of football forgot about counter attacking, fortunately Leicester City reminded everyone.

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The Foxes won the Premier League whilst inviting teams to have the ball all season and playing on the break, a victory for differing types of football.

To be honest I never thought I'd be comparing that Leicester side to Champions League holders Real Madrid but here we are.

Los Blancos haven't been having a great season since the loss of Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid and were lucky to beat Real Betis on Sunday night, needing a late Dani Ceballos winner.

In winning the match though Santiago Solari's side only had 26% of possession and the last time they had less was in a Clasico in 2011 when they only saw the ball for 23% of the match.

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Real players celebrate with Ceballos. Image: PA Images
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Furthermore Betis completed 713 passes to Real's 254 but Luka Modric put Real ahead before Betis equalised through Sergio Canales only for Ceballos to score in the 88th minute against his former club.

The win was much needed for Solari and his side who had failed to win their previous two La Liga games, after a draw with Villarreal and a loss to Real Sociedad.

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Former midfielder Solari is their second manager of the season after Julen Lopetegui lost his job last year and there are already rumours that he could be replaced.

Despite signing a deal past the end of the season results and performances haven't been great and Jose Mourinho is being linked with a return to the Bernabeu.

Real's win did take them back into the Champions League places but they remain 10 points behind leaders Barcelona, they won't get away with giving up that much possession in the Clasico in March.

Topics: Football stats, Football News, Barcelona, Real, Spanish football, Real Madrid, La Liga, Luka Modric, Dani Ceballos, Real Betis

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