A look back at Real Madrid’s Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk
Football fans don’t miss a single moment. And even less so if it’s to poke fun at your archrivals.
So, as you can imagine, it was a night of banter at the Bernabeu after Xavi‘s comments on the difficulty of winning the Champions League and Barcelona’s defeat at Inter.
It’s a bad time to question the triumphs of Real Madrid, who are indeed very lucky.
Lucky to have Ancelotti on the bench, lucky to have Benzema as a No.9, lucky to have a potential Ballon d’Or winner like Vinicius, lucky to have Kroos and Modric, lucky to have a solid project and to have gotten it right with their signings…
Moving on to football. The match once again had the Brazilians as the stars of the show. Vinicius and Rodrygo are looking like a lethal duo.
And with Benzema at their side, they have an expert playmaker, who lacks a little bit of luck to get amongst the goals. He will though.
Shakhtar scored one of those goals that leaves the fans at the Bernabeu clapping. For the beauty and for what this wandering team represents right now. Credit to them.
What a goal by Vini
Real Madrid brought the Bernabeu to its feet with the second goal. Tchouameni, Valverde, Benzema, Rodrygo and Vinicius produced a goal straight out of a video game that once again dismantles any narrative about the poor play of Ancelotti’s team.
Seven goals from Vini so far this season as he seems determined to surpass last season’s tally of 20.
Tchouameni does well
On Sunday we said that he was human after having his worst game for Real Madrid, but against Shakhtar he was back to his usual level. He did not go into a slump, but was merely a bad day at the office. The Frenchman imposes himself in all areas of the pitch and handles all the areas of the game. He is a real player.
Mudric, he’s not Luka, but…
The Shakhtar No.10 left his mark at the Bernabeu. He is skilful, has vision… and is a bullet. Carvajal can attest to his speed. The Ukrainian only lacked the goal at the Bernabeu, which Mendy prevented with a crucial block. He won’t stay at Shakhtar for long if he continues in this vein.
What’s wrong with the grass?
The pitch looks good again after being re-laid, but it is not as clean as it used to be… What’s more, some bald patches are beginning to appear. A few, almost unnoticeable, but the grass is getting thinner…
Possible causes are the short gripping time or the plates on which it has been placed. We’ll see how it develops over the next few weeks… Next home game, October 16 against Barcelona… with Xavi.
Hazard can’t go on any longer…
The Belgian is having a hard time. He spent the whole of the second half warming up until Ancelotti sent him to the bench in the 87th minute because he was not going to bring him on.
His face said it all, although he had been bemoaning his situation alongside Pintus for several minutes.
The reality is that Hazard is desperate, because Ancelotti doesn’t use him when the team is losing, or when they are winning by the narrowest of margins… and almost never even when they are scoring for fun.
Madrid’s No.7 was convinced that this season would be his, but Ancelotti doesn’t see him performing well and doesn’t even give him a little bit of hope.