Oyarzabal He returned to serve as leader ‘in pectore’ of the dressing room during the past week. “Nobody likes to play with empty stands, Anoeta was getting more and more crowded and pushing us in each game, but we are having to get used to playing like this,” he explained, referring to the closed door of the stadiums in an interview with Radio Euskadi. It was difficult for the Real to assimilate the unprecedented landscape in which he had to enter from confinement. His stadium was emptied of public and victories at the same time. There is only one finding. Against Espanyol, in extremis, on matchday 33 of last season.
The downturn in home performance flies over the atmosphere of the Real now that two consecutive commitments are looming in Anoeta. Tuesday against Valencia and Saturday against Getafe. Two bones and a pending assignment: to be strong again at home. The first game of the season in Donostia was resolved, yes, with a valuable draw against Real Madrid (0-0).
In fact, there have been no goals in either of the last two matches that Real has played in Anoeta. The spur at home in the last League ended with a draw and without goals, against Sevilla. Since the government’s declaration of the state of alarm was lifted to give way to the resumption of the League, the Royal has played seven times at home. The balance is negative: one win, three draws and three losses. Osasuna (1-1), Sevilla (0-0) and Real Madrid (0-0) took a point from the San Sebastian field, while Real Madrid the previous year (1-2), Celta (0-1) and Granada (2-3) emerged victorious from an Anoeta that before the pandemic was a fort. Not surprisingly, Real only lost three league games -and none of the Cup- from August 2019 to March 2020 in the heat of its people.
Since June, Real’s goal has also been trading down in Anoeta. Only half a dozen have been held in seven games. Two of Mikel
Merino, another pair of Oyarzabal and those of Willian
José and Isak to beat Espanyol