But it was all Real Madrid tonight who had an amazing 35 shots at goal & only managed to score two goals. Obviously the Ajax goalkeeper had something to say here, but Cristiano Ronaldo missed 8 to 10 chances that ended frustrating the player who must have thought he was cursed tonight. Said this Ronaldo must learn to be more patient & contribute more for the team as he cannot do it all himself, something that ends up causing the poor man to lament & lift his anxiety levels. But he wasn´t the only one, GONZALO HIGUAIN scored twice - the first off a Dutch defender from a corner in the 30th min & the second in the 73rd min - but he also missed half a dozen occasions that were very clear. The "goal missing virus" spread as Di Maria - very good performance tonight - also missed along with Ozil numerous chances.
However, it was OZIL who was magnificent tonight. This player - if he continues progressing - is star bound as his vision of play & quick thinking reactions makes the team play fluently & creates many goal scoring chances for his team-mates. It was he who gave the second goal to Higuain, & he was substituted late in the 2ºhalf to receive a roaring applause from the Real crowd who gave him a standing ovation.
More special mentions need to be made tonight especially for Khedira who was solid along with Xavi Alonso who was majestic in his defending & attacking play; both were excellent. Brazilian Marcelo also tantalized in the 1ºst half & the Real Madrid defence was solid, firm & vibrated confidence. Lastly, Casillas did very little except a miracle one handed reflex save mid 2ºhalf that stopped a certain goal from the Dutch.
In conclusion, a much better performance from Real Madrid who seem to be progressing. The objective tonight was to win & start Champions League well. However, the big guns are missing terribly upfront & Cristiano Ronaldo is going through a nightmare period were nothing will go into the back off the net. This is frustrating mentally Ronaldo, & we all hope he scores soon for the good of his mental health, & the team who suffers in their game because of it.
Good vibes overall, pity there wasn't more goals. Tweet