Real Madrid visited the Riazor as they knew all too well that they haven’t had much luck there in recent games. With that said, they were able to come out with an extremely convincing three points as they continue to try heading back up La Liga.

Starting Lineup:

Carlo Ancelotti left no major surprises with the starting lineup as everything was quite predicted. With the injuries to Pepe, Jese, and Sami Khedira, the changes in the lineup were predictable. The starting lineup consisted of:

Iker Casillas [C], Alvaro Arbeloa, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema.

Scorers:

Deportivo La Coruna –
Haris Medunjanin (51′)
Jose Verdu Nicolas (84′)

Real Madrid –
Cristiano Ronaldo (29′)
James Rodriguez (36′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (41′)
Gareth Bale (66′)
Gareth Bale (74′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (78′)
Javier Hernandez (88′)
Javier Hernandez (90′)

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Cristiano Ronaldo was able to get his first hat-trick of the season against Deportivo La Coruna on the night. In a stadium where he has failed to score before (three matches played), he has made up for it with all three goals in one night. A game to remember for the Portuguese as he continues to show everyone just how good he really is.

Marcelo:

Even though Real Madrid were able to come out with a very convincing scoreline, Marcelo was clearly the weak-link in the match. The first half was one for him to forget defensively as he kept getting outplayed by the wingers. Things improved slightly in the second half but he will have to be extremely careful in the upcoming games against more difficult opponents. It seems like Carlo Ancelotti has made the correct decision so far with choosing Fabio Coentrao in the bigger games.

Chicharito:

Javier Hernandez “Chicharito” was finally able to get his first goal in a Real Madrid shirt after coming on as a substitute on the night. He was able to score two great goals and they will surely be helping him greatly with his confidence for the upcoming season. The Mexican attacker has yet to start a game but no one can say that he isn’t doing everything he could to convince Ancelotti that he can get the job done.

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Raphael Varane:

Raphael Varane renewed his contract with Real Madrid yesterday until 2020 and was able to show why Los Merengues decided to keep him today. With all the goals and glory that happened today, Raphael Varane is easily my choice for Man of the Match after some amazing defending. It will be hard to see him staying on the bench for much longer if he can continue this great form.

Illarramendi? Isco?

Carlo Ancelotti spoke yesterday in his press-conference about the importance of rotating players, which got people expecting to see players such as Asier Illarramendi and Isco in the starting lineup today. Needless to say, those people were incorrect as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric started the match yet again. Nothing against Kroos and Modric, but they will be needing rest as there are many games coming up for Real Madrid in which they will be needed soon. Illarramendi and Isco really deserve an opportunity to start and the game against Deportivo would have been great.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Iker Casillas – 7.5/10
Alvaro Arbeloa – 8/10
Raphael Varane – 9.5/10
Sergio Ramos – 8/10
Marcelo – 6.5/10
Toni Kroos – 8/10
Luka Modric – 8/10
Gareth Bale – 8/10
James Rodriguez – 8.5/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 9/10
Karim Benzema – 8/10

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