Despite the draw against Betis, Real Madrid are looking sharp with the line-up found by Zinedine Zidane. Los Blancos thrashed Galatasaray (6-0) in the Champions League, getting closer to the Last 16 Round thanks to a hat-trick scored by Rodrygo, the second youngest player to score three goals in this competition. A star is born?
Zidane has found his perfect starting eleven and he will insist on that. Again Casemiro, Valverde and Kroos lead the team in the midfield, with Rodrygo in the wing together with Hazard and Benzema. And Real Madrid worked perfectly against a very old Galatasaray, who lost the game already in the first 15 minutes conceding 3 goals.
The star of the game was Rodrygo Goes. Comparing him with Vinicius might be unfair for the second one, but it’s impossible not to do it. In the first two chances, Rodrygo got a brace, first with a great shot with the left foot and then with a perfect header after a great assist by Marcelo. He could have got the quickest hat-trick in the competition, but Sergio Ramos took the penalty and didn’t miss to solve the game in only 15 minutes.
If there was any doubt about the result of the game, Benzema scored the fourth one before the half-time tapping a perfect assist again by Rodrygo. In the second half we could see Mendy, Modric and Isco, but the team kept working perfectly. In the last 10 minutes, Benzema got his second goal thanks to Carvajal, whereas Rodrygo Goes closed his best performance with a goal in the last minute with a perfect touch.
Rodrygo Goes has become the best player in the last games for Los Blancos and now it’s impossible to imagine a game without him. Besides, the couple Casemiro-Valverde is perfect to control the game and enable Kroos more space to create and arrive to the goal. Now the team has a ticket to the Last 16 in their pocket, but they have still to receive PSG and travel to Brugge to qualify again to the knock-out stage.