Real Madrid tried to get their form back as they visited Las Palmas (a stadium where they also dropped points at last year). They were only able to come out with a draw as they now lead the La Liga standings by a single point.

Starting Lineup:

Zinedine Zidane made a couple changes to the team as he also had one eye on the UEFA Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday night. The starting lineup consisted of:

Kiko Casilla, Daniel Carvajal, Sergio Ramos [C], Raphael Varane, Nacho, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marco Asensio, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Alvaro Morata


Las Palmas –
Tana (38′)
Sergio Araujo (85′)

Real Madrid –
Marco Asensio (33′)
Karim Benzema (67′)

Yellow/Red Cards:

Las Palmas –
Roque Mesa (Yellow)
David Garcia (Yellow)
Tana (Yellow)

Real Madrid –
Toni Kroos (Yellow)
Daniel Carvajal (Yellow)

Defensive Problems:

The great thing about a team such as Real Madrid is that they are able to boast some of the greatest names in the world in their defensive line such as Sergio Ramos, Daniel Carvajal, and Marcelo. The bad thing is that, no matter how many managers come and go, they still face problems with the defending! It’s actually very shocking to see how much they panic and lose concentration when they’re supposed to have clear instructions to do a certain job. This has cost us so much in the past and, unfortunately, I do not see it changing anytime soon.


Nacho Rodriguez is a player who doesn’t get chosen much but his dedication when on the pitch is great to see. He came out with some great moves on the night and his run for Marco Asensio’s goal was a beauty to watch. Having said that, he made quite a few mistakes in the back but when you’re speaking about a player who doesn’t get much match time, it’s not really a surprise.

Cristiano Ronaldo:

As I have said before in the previous post, Cristiano Ronaldo is not match fit yet and it will take a bit more time before he can be his lethal self once again. There has been a lot of talk regarding his substitution and how he reacted to it but I’m going to turn a blind eye to that and hope that it wasn’t what we really saw. I would like to think that he reacted the way he did because, let’s be honest, he had a bad game and it made sense for Zidane to take him off when he did. Also, there is no doubt in my mind that he will start once again in Germany on Tuesday when Real Madrid play against Dortmund.


Marco Asensio:

In a night full of anger and frustration for Madridista’s, Marco Asensio was a shining light as he once again showed that he is capable of so much at such a young age. Putting aside his goal (which was pretty much gifted to him after it came off of a rebound), the Spanish midfielder worked tirelessly throughout the night and was able to prove to Zidane that he can be counted on whenever needed.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Kiko Casilla – 7.5/10
Daniel Carvajal – 7/10
Sergio Ramos – 6/10
Raphael Varane – 5.5/10
Nacho – 7.5/10
Toni Kroos – 8/10
Luka Modric – 8/10
Marco Asensio – 8.5/10
Gareth Bale – 7/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 5.5/10
Alvaro Morata – 7.5/10