|Real Madrid 2011|
The first half was a practically a "Real Madrid B" side that gave two goals via a penalty transformed by KAKA in the 8th min & DI MARIA who scored in the 13th min. Two observations, Kaka is still way below the form or the playing style that gave him the Golden ball at Milan & looks like he will spend lots of time on the bench this season, & Gonzalo Higuain feels the pressure of the inform Benzema & was anxious to score, frustrated & even individualistic. The Argentine finally got his goal in the 64th min & was substituted.
Here we saw the perfect combination of a solid left hand side of the field block & - I would bet - four certain starters: Marcelo, Ozil , Cristiano Ronaldo & Benzema. All these four "substitutes" had a part to play in the following goals: RONALDO in the 71st min & BENZEMA twice in the 76th & 79th min. There could have been more but the Chinese goalie & defenders managed to stop the great Real Madrid combination plays of the above mentioned players
Special mention to young French Real Madrid defender VARANE who looked solid, comfortable & secure in this match, a game in which he played all 90 minutes & signals that he may have a spot in the starting 11 , especially if the Ramos back injury is more than initially expected. Don´t wish to leave out COENTRAO who was everywhere on the field & gave a good performance while on.