With the European Super Cup in their pocket, Real Madrid started the League with a win that renews their hopes of retaining the title. And he did it with a revolution in the lineup: only five players remained compared to Helsinki (and the Champions League final). Courtois Another League, another fight for Zamora for the Belgian. He already appeared decisively against Eintracht, but the 1-0 was unattainable. He parried Sadiq 2-0 at 52′ and, although he was offside, in a heads-up at 53′. He also prevented Lazo’s equalizer in the 85th minute. Lucas Vzquez With Carvajal’s frequent absences, he is going to play many minutes. His was the first shot, soft and deflected from the edge of the box. They annulled the 1-1 in 43′, but he managed it in 61′, pushing it to the edge of the small area. Rdiger Estren started… as a central defender in the right-handed profile, after making his official debut as a right-back in Finland. The 1-0 came from a ball behind him, also breaking the offside. He almost retaliated with a kick at 11′. He sent Benzema a great cross in the 34th minute and headed dangerously into a corner in the 40th minute. Nacho Seasons and defenders go by, but the youth squad is still there, adding to the group and to himself. The most solvent behind, although Ancelotti scolded him on a couple of occasions. Mendy The Frenchman remains fixed. He offered little up front, but in control defense. Substituted at 74′. Camavinga In the season to finish throwing the door down, first matchday, first start. He contributed travel and good treatment of the ball, but he was penalized the same as in 2021-22: the yellow ones. He saw one and Ancelotti substituted for him at the break. Ancelotti explained in the preview that he can act with Casemiro, but tonight he played the Brazilian. In minute 13, due to his reckless loss, Almera dreamed of 2-0. He was settling down, but he still lacks, as he is logical. Substituted at 58′. Kroos The only one from CMK who didn’t rotate. It cost him to take command and he had to refine more in the corners. He was encouraged with several shots. Substituted in 83′. Fede Valverde Without Modric or Casemiro, his place is also the attack. He had the tie at 8′ and repeated attempts at 9′ (weaker) or at 15′ (breaking it again). When he adjusts the toe a little he will celebrate a handful of goals. BenzemaA scorer in the Super Cup, he was not as successful as he usually is. He finished too forcefully a pass from Vinicius in the 9th minute and ran into Fernando in the 55th minute. He assisted Lucas.Vinicius, a rebounder, opened his 2022-23 locker by assisting Benzema and took over Almera gallons after the 1-0, with two plays that brought his team closer to a draw. He insisted on 37′, with another ride that died in Fernando. He crashed into the post at 47′ and into the goalkeeper again at 52′. The 1-1 action was invented and did not stop at any time, with a momentum that his teammates appreciated. Substituted at 83′.ModricEntr after the break, for Camavinga. You felt the dynamism of him, helping to break lines. He caused the 1-2 foul. Hazard Entered in the 58th minute, by Tchouamni. Inside and at the first touch he left flashes, like his movement in the attack that caused the key free kick. He is perceived to be more comfortable on the side than he has confessed to Ancelotti. In any case, wherever they play, it’s a blessing for Real Madrid… who landed in Spain with no transfer fee. Casemiro came on in 83′, replacing Kroos. He helped to balance in the final start. Ceballos Entered in 83′, by Vinicius. Another message from Ancelotti to gauge what he appreciates about his qualities.
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