Real Madrid hosted Espanyol for the last game of the season as both teams had nothing to play for. Real Madrid were able to come out with the three points as they now prepare for the UEFA Champions League Final against Atletico Madrid on May 24.

Starting Lineup:

With many people expecting Carlo Ancelotti to play a weakened side, he instead fielded a strong team while trying out the duo of Asier Illarramendi and Sami Khedira in the center of midfield. The starting lineup consisted of:

Iker Casillas [C], Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Asier Illarramendi, Sami Khedira, Gareth Bale, Angel Di Maria, Isco, and Karim Benzema

Scorers:

Real Madrid –
Gareth Bale (64′)
Alvaro Morata (86′)
Alvaro Morata (92′)

Espanyol –
Pizzi (90′)

What’s Going On With Injuries?

Real Madrid were supposed to start the game with Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch but he had to pull out during the warm-up as he wasn’t feeling comfortable even though the Los Merengues medical staff declared that he was “100% fit to start the game”. The same thing goes to Karim Benzema who had to leave the pitch during the game due to an injury he had, even though he was also declared “100% fit”. The problem here is with our medical staff who also had many problems when they were at PSG during Ancelotti’s management there. This is really getting ridiculous and we cannot expect to have such an  unqualified medical staff, especially when we have a UEFA Champions League Final to play in less than a week! Hopefully, they will be replaced this summer…

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Is Morata Leaving?

Alvaro Morata came on as a substitute for Karim Benzema against Espanyol and was able to score two goals. The problem here is that, with each goal that he scored, he didn’t seem happy whatsoever. Now, I know that this game didn’t matter and all that but usually a player would at least smile or something when scoring, which is what Gareth Bale did. Also, when focusing on Morata’s second goal, it was an assist by Angel Di Maria, who could have scored but decided to pass. After the Spanish attacker scored, he thanked Di Maria. Honestly, I think this was a goodbye from Morata as he is surely looking for some regular football elsewhere. And, if it is goodbye, then I hope we at least put in a “buy-back clause” in the contract because we really can’t afford to see a promising attacker such as himself leave the club forever.

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Last Game Of The Season:

The game against Espanyol was Real Madrid’s last game of the season as they now have to put their full concentration on the UEFA Champions League Final against Atletico Madrid. It has been a season of ups and downs but there is a lot of improvement to be made. For more details on my thoughts this season, be sure to come back soon as I will be posting an article within the next couple days.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Iker Casillas: 8.5/10
Daniel Carvajal: 8.5/10
Raphael Varane: 8/10
Sergio Ramos: 8.5/10
Marcelo: 8/10
Asier Illarramendi: 8/10
Sami Khedira: 7.5/10
Gareth Bale: 8.5/10
Angel Di Maria: 9/10
Isco: 7/10
Karim Benzema: 7/10

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