Real Madrid’s Victory Unveils Positive News for the Team
Real Madrid’s recent triumph against Braga not only went unnoticed, but it also brought several positive developments for the white team. Vinicius and Rodrygo both scored in the same game, showcasing their potential. Brahim demonstrated his ability to contribute for longer periods on the field. Camavinga displayed his exuberance as a pivot, impressing the spectators. Additionally, the team proved that they can thrive even without the goals of Bellingham.
Lunin’s Decisive Penalty Save Sets the Tone for Real Madrid
Early in the game, with the urgency of warming up due to Kepa’s injury, Lunin made a crucial penalty save against Djal. This save marked Real Madrid’s first goal against Braga, which was later followed by goals from Brahim, Vinicius, and Rodrygo. To cap off an exceptional performance, Lunin made another remarkable stop against a Portuguese attacker, solidifying his position as one of Madrid’s standout players.
Impressive Defensive Record for Kepa and Lunin
With Lunin’s crucial save against Djal, the combined efforts of Kepa and Lunin have extended the streak of minutes without conceding a goal at the Bernabéu to an impressive 535 minutes. Since Ander Barrenetxea scored against the Basque goalkeeper in Real Madrid’s match against Real Sociedad on September 17, the team has maintained a clean sheet against Union Berlin, Las Palmas, Osasuna, Rayo Vallecano, and Braga.
A Clear Choice: Lunin’s Opportunity
Following Kepa’s loan arrival and Thibaut Courtois’ injury, Ancelotti made it clear that Kepa would be the starting goalkeeper. Lunin played the first two matches against Athletic and Almería, but Kepa took over in the third game against Celta Vigo. Since then, Lunin, who was signed by Madrid from Zorya Luhansk in 2018, had not received any playing time. Despite Kepa’s efforts, he has not been able to match the performance of Courtois, who is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Instances like the match against Atlético Madrid, where Kepa showed some doubts in dealing with aerial balls, did not help his case. However, it is important to note that comparing any goalkeeper to the Belgian giant is unfair.
A New Opportunity for Lunin
The scenario may change for Lunin following Kepa’s injury, which could sideline him for two or three weeks. This opens up a new opportunity for Lunin to prove himself against Valencia. Despite having only played 20 games for Madrid in four seasons, conceding 20 goals and keeping six clean sheets, a strong performance from the Ukrainian goalkeeper at the Bernabéu could reignite the competition for the starting position, which seemed settled in Madrid.