Real Madrid beat Cordoba 2-0 in the La Liga opener last night with goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It wasn’t a stroll in the park though and Los Blancos made hard work of it while the visitors should get plenty of credit for the way they approached the game. Marca and AS have plenty of analysis, of which the main theme is that Real are nowhere near playing their best football at the moment. They are looking shaky in defence and too slow going forward, but that will improve as the season progresses and the new signings bed in.
There is plenty of praise for Cristiano Ronaldo, who opened his La Liga account for the new season in the 89th minute. Marca says the forward always puts out Madrid’s fires, while AS says Real suffered until Ronaldo appeared. The 29-year-old has now scored against 47 of the 48 clubs he has played against in a Real Madrid shirt – Dynamo Zagreb being the only side to keep him out.
The other news to break last night was the arrival of Angel di Maria in Manchester. The winger is set to sign a five-year deal after Real Madrid and Manchester United agreed a deal of 75 millions euros.