Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw in Italy as they sit at the top of the group with 10 points.

Starting Lineup:

Carlo Ancelotti made one unexpected change to the starting lineup as Sergio Ramos played at right-back. Xabi Alonso was able to make his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League this season since his return from injury. The starting lineup consisted of:

Iker Casillas (C), Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Pepe, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema

Scorers:

Juventus –
Arturo Vidal (42′)
Fernando Llorente (65′)

Real Madrid –
Cristiano Ronaldo (52′)
Gareth Bale (60′)

Slow Start:

The game started off very slow for Real Madrid as they weren’t able to really take control of the game during the entire first half with Juventus showing their intention to come out of this game with the full three points. Los Merengues found themselves in their half of the pitch throughout long spells during the first 45 minutes as they weren’t able to test the Juventus defense much.

A Penalty Conceded… Again:

Raphael Varane’s tackle on Pogba during the first half made it five penalties in three games called against Real Madrid. Los Blancos never really had a solid defense but this season is much worse than initially expected. They seem shaky and don’t seem quite confident when at the back. Carlo Ancelotti has tried many different formatjons but, so far, nothing seems to be working out for the team. They will need to find a way to fix this very soon or else it could make things extremely tricky as the season goes on.

Cristiano Ronaldo & Gareth Bale:

At the beginning of the season, many people have said that Cristiano Ronaldo will not work with Gareth Bale, that the Portuguese will be jealous of the Welsh, that ‘The Commander’ will not agree to play on the same team as him. Yet, we are all witnessing a whole different side to these talks as both players seem to be interacting greatly on the pitch while complimenting each other’s skills. They seem to be great friends already and things can only improve from here. What a great partnership!

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Xabi Alonso:

There are no words that could possibly explain how important the return of Xabi Alonso is as he is able to dictate the midfield in such a calming way. His experience and skills are a great asset to the team. True, his best years may be behind him, but that does not mean that his skills have decreased too much. His vision and ability is a joy for everyone to watch as all Real Madrid fans are just hoping that he can renew his contract with the club by the end of the season.

Top Of The Group:

With two games left in the UEFA Champions League group stages, Real Madrid have two games left, which are against Copenhagen and Galatasaray. They now sit at the top of their group and they have a very big chance of keeping it that way. Now, they must focus on the coming game in La Liga against Real Sociedad.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Iker Casillas – 9/10
Sergio Ramos – 7/10
Raphael Varane – 7/10
Pepe – 7/10
Marcelo – 7/10
Xabi Alonso – 8.5/10
Sami Khedira – 8/10
Gareth Bale – 8.5/10
Luka Modric – 9/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 8.5/10
Karim Benzema – 7.5/10

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