Real Madrid were able to play their first game of the Copa del Rey as they beat Cornella 4-1 with a very different lineup as Carlo Ancelotti decided to give many of the regular players a rest on the night.

Starting Lineup:

Carlo Ancelotti gave some of the players a rest as they prepare for another long week with a game against Granada then Liverpool. For the game against Cornella, the manager was able to play some of the players who haven’t gotten many minutes while bringing in youngsters for the bench. The starting lineup consisted of:

Keylor Navas, Alvaro Arbeloa, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Daniel Carvajal, Sami Khedira, Asier Illarramendi, James Rodriguez, Isco, Chicharito, and Karim Benzema [C].


Cornella –
Oscar Munoz (19′)

Real Madrid –
Raphael Varane (9′)
Raphael Varane (35′)
Chicharito (52′)
Marcelo (75′)

The Scent of Potential Shock:

It was expected that we wouldn’t be seeing the same type of Real Madrid team that we saw in the Clasico and, therefore, it will mostly be players trying to get minutes and prove themselves to Carlo Ancelotti. With that said, Raphael Varane was able to get the opening goal after only nine minutes and it seemed as though it would be the start of an easy win. Suddenly, Oscar Munoz was able to score an equaliser after some extremely poor defending, which got some of the players and fans worried. Thankfully, Los Merengues got back on track through goals from Varane, Chicharito, and Marcelo to end the first-leg 4-1.

Karim Benzema:

Many people have criticised Karim Benzema after his performance last night but I simply don’t get it. There is no denying that he had a slightly poor game but you have to keep in mind that he wasn’t playing in his usual position and wasn’t able to fully play like he is used to. I personally believe that, when talking about Karim Benzema’s performances, we should concentrate on some of the bigger games rather than the Round of 32 in the Copa del Rey.

Raphael Varane:

Raphael Varane came into this game with a point to prove. He was always prepared for a challenge and was also able to score two goals from headers to help the team. If he was a little luckier, he could have maybe even gotten himself a hat-trick on the night. The French defender continues to amaze us with his performances as he tries to prove to Carlo Ancelotti that he deserves a place in the starting lineup.



Whether it’s a big game or a smaller one, you can always count on Isco to shine. Against Cornella, he was all over the place taking his opportunities and showing some of his skills. His passes and positioning were very well done and he continues to show us all that he really does have the ability to play in Real Madrid. Will that be enough to cement a starting place in the team? I guess we will just have to wait and see once Gareth Bale is back from his injury.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Keylor Navas – 8/10
Alvaro Arbeloa – 7/10
Raphael Varane – 9/10
Nacho – 8/10
Daniel Carvajal – 8.5/10
Sami Khedira – 8/10
Asier Illarramendi – 7.5/10
James Rodriguez – 7.5/10
Isco – 9/10
Chicharito – 8/10
Karim Benzema – 7.5/10