Real Madrid hosted Sporting Gijon in a game that they were expected to win but not in the fashion that they did as they came out with a very comfortable three points.

Starting Lineup:

Zinedine Zidane started the match with only one change compared to the match before as Sergio Ramos was injured. The starting lineup consisted of:

Keylor Navas, Daniel Carvajal, Pepe, Raphael Varane, Marcelo [C], Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema

Scorers:

Real Madrid –
Gareth Bale (7′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (9′)
Karim Benzema (12′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (18′)
Karim Benzema (41′)

Sporting Gijon –
Isma Lopez (62′)

The BBC:

How amazing is it to be seeing the BBC firing again?! I understand that the past two opponents haven’t been the toughest but it’s extremely reassuring to see that Zidane is taking advantage of them once again. Gareth Bale is on absolute fire (well, before his injury of course) while Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are showing the defenders exactly what they are capable of. We will need to keep this going against the bigger opponents though, the next one arguably being AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League.

Daniel Carvajal:

For some reason, it seemed as though Rafael Benitez really preferred Danilo over Daniel Carvajal and it’s astonishing to even think of that possibility! Danilo is a great backup but he has shown that he isn’t good enough to start for Real Madrid. As for Carvajal, he is a player who knows this club extremely well and possibly becoming one of the greatest right-backs in Europe. With performances like the one he had against Sporting Gijon, it will be difficult for ANYONE to replace him.

Injuries:

All Real Madrid fans will be happy with the scoreline as the main worry now are the injuries to Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. The French attacker went off in the second half as he was replaced by Mateo Kovacic after receiving a knock to his ankle from James Rodriguez. It doesn’t seem very serious though. As for Gareth Bale, that’s the one to be worried about as he had to go off at the end of the first half to be replaced by Jese.

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Cristiano Ronaldo:

A happy Cristiano Ronaldo is the scariest thing in the world for the opponents. Against Sporting Gijon, he seemed happy and was able to score two great goals. The problem with a frustrated Cristiano is that he ends up trying too hard and screws up in ways that are not very expected of him. Zidane knows the importance of the Portuguese and is ready to use him in whatever way possible.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Keylor Navas – 8/10
Daniel Carvajal – 9/10
Pepe – 8/10
Raphael Varane – 9/10
Marcelo – 8/10
Toni Kroos – 8.5/10
Luka Modric – 9.5/10
Gareth Bale – 9/10
Isco – 6.5/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 8.5/10
Karim Benzema – 9/10

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