Real Madrid started the Champions League with a great victory (3-0) over AS Roma. Los Blancos deserved even many more goals, but they weren’t accurate when shooting to the target. Modric lead the team, showing that Lopetegui’s men are ready to defend their crown one year more. Even without Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid are candidates to touch silverware in June at Wanda Metropolitano.
Julen Lopetegui decided to give the opportunity to Keylor Navas and left Courtois on the bench, together with Marco Asensio because this time Isco had the chance to start. And the team started the game very well, passing the ball very fast and having many chances. However, Karim Benzema didn’t have his evening and Bale or Modric also had the opportunity to score in the first half. We had to wait until the minute 45th, when Isco kicked a perfect free kick to the goal.
It was Luka Modric the man of the match, leading the team and directing the game. Los Blancos should have scored many, many goals tonight, but Olsen or the bars prevented the thrashing. Even AS Roma had a couple of chances but Keylor Navas showed his skills and his name was cheered by the supporters.
We had to wait until the 58th minute to see another goal. This time Modric assisted to Gareth Bale who shot perfectly with his left foot while running. There was still half an hour to the final whistle and Julen Lopetegui put Asensio and Mariano in the pitch. It was Mariano’s debut after his signing in summer. In these 30 minutes, Los Blancos had 3 or 4 clear chances to increase the gap in the scoreboard, but they had to wait until the injury time to see Mariano’s goal. An amazing banana shot from outside the box. This striker has something to show.