Real Madrid played their first match of the Copa del Rey as they visited Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa for the first leg of the Round of 32 and came out with a straight-forward 1-7 win.

Starting Lineup:

Zinedine Zidane decided to rest a few of the key Los Blancos players but that didn’t keep him from naming some others such as Toni Kroos. The starting lineup consisted of:

Kiko Casilla, Daniel Carvajal, Pepe [C], Nacho, Danilo, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez, Isco, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio, and Alvaro Morata


Cultural Leonesa –
Benja Martinez (84′)

Real Madrid –
Gianni Zuiverloon [OG] (6′)
Marco Asensio (32′)
Alvaro Morata (46′)
Marco Asensio (53′)
Alvaro Morata (55′)
Nacho Fernandez (68′)
Mariano Diaz (91′)

Zinedine Zidane:

There aren’t many talking points regarding the match but I really want to take a look at some decisions Zinedine Zidane made. He started with Toni Kroos, who would have liked to get some rest on the day, and then kept him on for most of the match! He is one of the most integral parts of the team and we will be needing him in some of out bigger matches coming up. Furthermore, the decision to keep Alvaro Morata on for 90 minutes doesn’t make much sense to me as he should be starting on Saturday ahead of Benzema, but it doesn’t look like Zidane is too convinced by that…


What. A. Goal.

Mariano Diaz:

Mariano Diaz came on as a substitute midway through the second half and did quite well. He will be very happy to have gotten his name on the scoresheet with a very powerful header and hopefully we will be able to see a little more of him as the season goes on!

Fabio Coentrao:

Finally, after returning to Real Madrid and getting through his injury, we get to see Fabio Coentrao in action. The Portuguese left-back was able to show us glimpses of his capabilities and he will definitely be an important member of our team if he is able to find a way to avoid all these injuries!

My Personal Player Ratings:

Kiko Casilla – 8.5/10
Daniel Carvajal – 8.5/10
Pepe – 8/10
Nacho – 9/10
Danilo – 8.5/10
Toni Kroos – 9.5/10
James Rodriguez – 7.5/10
Isco – 8/10
Lucas Vazquez – 8/10
Marco Asensio – 9.5/10
Alvaro Morata – 9.5/10