Real Madrid back to winning ways, how changes in squad worked against Shakhtar Donetsk?
Real Madrid back to winning ways as they fixed in front of the rest of the competition in Group A of the Champions League, yet strictly when discarding a 4-0 lead to sneak past Shakhtar Donetsk with a 4-3 win in Lviv. An abundantly turned Madrid side skipped again from clásico mortification on account of objectives from Cristiano Ronaldo, twice, Luka Modric and a phenomenal strike from Dani Carvajal.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Modric were two of only four players that Rafa Benitez held from Saturday’s side beaten by Barcelona, alongside Raphael Varane and Gareth Bale – the recent giving two bits of help from the left wing. Coming into this diversion with the full sponsorship of his leader, Rafa Benitez was under no illusions that he totally needed to win. Indeed, even in this way, with his side effectively qualified he needed to rest players. In typical circumstances, you’d play the children and presumably even be content with a point in any case, for this situation, it would just have further heaped on the weight.
The Real Madrid team saw seven changes, including the rebuilding of Casemiro to the line-up and Mateo Kovacic supplanting the miserably out-of-form Toni Kroos. Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Gareth Bale were the three greatest names to stay in the beginning XI, however, and it was this trio who associated for the opening objective. Modric’s ball with the outside of his boot gave Bale bounty to do, however, the Welshman had the force and pace to make it into something. The issue with Rafa Benitez in Madrid is that he is seen as excessively cautious. Some would place that the clásico destroying was a consequence of Benitez feeling the weight of this and venturing out of his customary range of familiarity (and his qualities) to handle an attacking side.
The way that Benitez’s men scored an early goal just to sit back too much was reminiscent of the draw with Atletico Madrid and thrashing in Sevilla – two results that stacked weight on the Real Madrid supervisor and finally Real Madrid back to winning ways.
Can they manage to continue their winning streak?