Real Madrid won their first game of the season at home (3-2) suffering until the injury time against Levante despite leading the scoreboard 3-0 in the half-time. Like most of the games, there were some positive things -especially James Rodríguez and Benzema-, and other very negative like the fragile defense. At least, Los Blancos breathe before travelling to Paris and Seville, two tough tests in the following week.
Zinedine Zidane couldn’t count on Luka Modric and James Rodríguez, as expected, had his minutes. Besides, Vinicius Junior showed up in the line-up replacing Gareth Bale, sent off against Villarreal. Hazard made his debut in the second half and he left some glimpse of his quality and was even very close to score his first goal as Madridista. So there were some positive things.
The best side of Real Madrid was seen in the first half. After 15 initial minutes, Los Blancos started to pressure very high and Levante lost many balls near the box. In six minutes, Karim Benzema scored a brace -4 goals in the start of the season-, showing again his good form. James Rodríguez and Lucas Vázquez were key to get this advantage in the scoreboard. Before the half time, also Casemiro was able to score. The game was finished.
Or it seemed like this. Zinedine Zidane start to make some changes, as Levante did, but no one could think that the Valencia team could be able to get a point in the rainy morning. However, everytime Levante arrived to Courtois’ box, they found the net. Borja Mayoral (48th minute), given on loan by Real Madrid, and Melero (75th minute) scored for Levante to bring nervous to the supporters. Meanwhile, Vinicius missed many chances, and so did their colleagues, so Los Blancos were unable to close the match.
Even Levante had a chance to get a draw in the very last minute, but this time Courtois saved the time. No one could think that Los Blancos could suffer this morning, but this team is still very fragile. On Wednesday there will be Neymar and Cavani in front, so no mistakes can be done. We shall see the real level of this team.