The International Break has ended and Real Madrid were able to come back with a bang after beating Espanyol 6-0 away from home!

Starting Lineup:

With the injuries to James Rodriguez and Danilo and while having one eye on the upcoming UEFA Champions League fixture against Shakhtar Donetsk, Rafael Benitez was able to come out with a strong team. The starting lineup consisted of:

Keylor Navas, Daniel Carvajal, Sergio Ramos [C], Pepe, Marcelo, Carlos Casemiro, Luka Modric, Isco, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema

Scorers:

Espanyol:
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Real Madrid:
Cristiano Ronaldo (7′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (17′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (20′)
Karim Benzema (28′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (61′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (81′)

Keylor Navas:

This was Keylor Navas’ first game with Real Madrid after the whole David De Gea debacle and he probably came out feeling like he had a point to prove. He has always been known as a top professional and that hasn’t changed a bit as he came out and did his job perfectly. It’s true that he may not have had a lot of work to do in goal but, whenever he did, he was always prepared and came out with a few great saves. I don’t see anything to be worried about with Navas in goal and Kiko Casilla as our number two.

Carlos Casemiro:

Carlos Casemiro got his first start for Real Madrid this season against Espanyol as  Toni Kroos was rested and he did his job very well. Espanyol aren’t the most difficult opponents that we will have this season but they are usually a team capable of causing some damage but Casemiro was always there to make sure nothing goes wrong. The year that the Brazilian spent on loan at Porto has done wonders for him as he came back showing a lot of improvement.

Cristiano Ronaldo:

What a player. During the first two games of the season, Cristiano Ronaldo was criticized for not being able to find the back of the net. Against Espanyol, that all ended as he scored five out of the six goals for Real Madrid and also got himself an assist for Karim Benzema’s goal. He is now the top scorer in Real Madrid’s La Liga history and there is no stopping now for the Portuguese. Hopefully, this will be yet another wonderful and memorable year for Ronaldo.

CR LEGEND

Gareth Bale:

Gareth Bale clearly wasn’t at his best last season but, judging from the first three games with Real Madrid, things have definitely changed for him this year as he was instated into a new position. Playing right behind the striker is perfect for the Welshman and he is now able to be part of the game a lot more and show exactly what he is capable of.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Keylor Navas – 8.5/10
Daniel Carvajal – 9/10
Sergio Ramos – 8/10
Pepe – 8.5/10
Marcelo – 8.5/10
Carlos Casemiro – 8.5/10
Luka Modric – 8/10
Isco – 7.5/10
Gareth Bale – 9/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 10/10
Karim Benzema – 9/10

 

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