There’s only one place to start today in the Madrid press and that’s the reaction to Los Blancos’ amazing 7-3 win over Sevilla in La Liga last night.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick, while the much criticised duo Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema both grabbed a brace. And the Madrid-based dailies Marca and AS hail the side’s win as the launch pad for things to come.
Lead by their general, Cristiano Ronaldo, the press is confident Madrid are back on track and ready to fight for the title. Ronaldo overtook the legendary Ferenc Puskas in the La Liga scoring charts for the club, with his 157th in 146 league games for Los Merengues.
Ronaldo celebrated his third goal by saluting – a reference to Sepp Blatter’s comment about him while speaking at the Oxford Union last week. The support for Ronaldo last night was 100%, with fans holding banners encouraging the Portuguese star.
There is also very positive press for Bale this morning. Since his poor showing in the Clasico he has been heavily criticised but answered back with two excellent finishes.
Xabi Alonso also spoke to the press after the match about his relief at making his first team come back and his frustration at sitting in the sidelines for the last five months.
Check back later for reaction to the match.