Real Madrid played one of the best games of the season in the first clash of the year. Los Blancos beat (3-0) Sevilla and they are very close to the quarter final round of Copa del Rey. We have to give a lot of credit to Zinedine Zidane, who put a team without many stars and they did a great performance. Los Blancos want every title and they are going to fight for them.
Zidane surprised with a new line up. Benzema stayed in the bench and Morata was the only striker. Asensio and James were the playmaker whereas Isco stayed on the bench. The manager, again, was right and put the best team of the pitch, as it was shown in the first half.
Real Madrid played one of the best first half of the season. Los Blancos pressured very high and stole a lot of balls very easily creating a lot of problems to Sergio Rico. Actually, the first goal came from a ball stolen by Casemiro and James Rodríguez shot outside the box, finding the net. Real Madrid continued in this way and Varane headed the second goal from a corner kick. Before, Marcelo almost scored from a great volley.
Mateu Lahoz, the referee, was one of the protagonist of the game. Sevilla footballers protested a lot of action but he was even able to whistle a push from James to Modric as a penalty for Real Madrid. James Rodríguez didn’t miss the chance and converted from the penalty spot.
In the second half, Real Madrid didn’t stop. They kept pressuring the team and looking for the rival’s goalie. However, they looked more tired and didn’t have so many chances. The team also played really well defensively and didn’t concede any chance. So Los Blancos could keep the result and they are even closer to the quarter final of Copa del Rey. Great result, great game.