Club Real Madrid absolutely hammered a sorry Rayo Vallecano side at 5-0 in a game where three points were mandatory as both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona successfully defended their first and second positions, respectively.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with Gareth Bale (2), Dany Carvajal and Alvaro Morata all chipping in to post the big victory in front of their home fans who had to watch their beloved club lose 4-3 at home to Barcelona in last week’s El Clasico.
The team played with their newly-found 4-3-3 under coach Carlo Ancelotti and gelling with this was once again of no issue. They had some different names in the starting 11 and they paid dividends as Assier Illaramendi held the midfield nicely with Xabi Alonso while Fabio Coentrao shut down the left side of the defensive third.
Their opponents played in a 4-2-3-1 to help them defensively, but this did not work as well in the second half as they allowed four more goals to the first half’s one. They like playing possession which is always good until they end up losing the ball to leave their defense too vulnerable against one of the world’s fastest, skilled and successful teams.
Real were the better overall side not just in goals but possession, tackling, discipline and even concentration as they made nowhere near the same amount of mistakes as their visitors. This was a great way to bounce back after two-straight losses, first to Barcelona then Sevilla.
Next week they have the first leg of the quarter-final of the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund at home on Wednesday. They will not have an easy game like they did today, but they will be determined to win as they ere eliminated at this very stage against the same opponents during last season’s edition of the competition.