Real Madrid Three vitals points collected on the road
Zinedine Zidane can do no wrong at Real Madrid.
The Frenchman opted to play Nacho at right-back at Real Valladolid on Sunday evening and the Spaniard was the one who went on to score the winning goal.
With three points, Real Madrid moved clear of Barcelona atop the LaLiga Santander table and Los Blancos are showing serious signs of doing what champions do.
Is there a defensive midfielder better than Casemiro right now? Probably not.
The Brazilian is impressing again this season, whether it’s in the Champions League, the Supercopa de Espana or LaLiga Santander.
He thought he had scored again, only for his strike to be ruled out for a narrow offside.
Nacho only played because Dani Carvajal was suspended and Alvaro Odriozola joined Bayern Munich earlier in the week, but he met a Toni Kroos cross to win the game.
He hadn’t scored since 2018, and his last goal came for Spain at the World Cup against Portugal.
Hugging Zidane to celebrate his goal, the moment showed how good things are in the dressing room right now.
Joaquin Fernandez took out Rodrygo with a wild challenge and somehow stayed on the pitch.
For one reason or another, VAR didn’t intervene.
The Brazilian, with his ankle hanging off after that and more treatment from Kiko Olivas, was withdrawn later on.
Ferland Mendy has won the left-back spot over Marcelo, or at least it seems so for now.
The Frenchman keeps on playing and, despite having less quality than the Brazilian, he’s holding down his place.
The goals have dried up for Karim Benzema.
He’s now six games without a goal for Real Madrid, which is proving problematic.
He’s played well and not scored, but on Sunday he didn’t have one of his best games.
Nonetheless, he has 16 goals from 26 games this season.
Thibaut Courtois is still impressing.
He’s enjoying his best form in years and he’s only conceded 13 goals in 21 LaLiga Santander games this season.
Courtois has conceded just three times in his last eight games, setting him up for a Zamora trophy push.