Match Recap: Deportivo La Coruña 0 – 3 Real Madrid

22 Aug

Y’all! It is good to be back! Both for the footie to be back and for me personally.

I’m still in, as Managing Madrid likes to say, “an undisclosed location in the Middle East” but I think I can get you watishistas some match recaps! I’ll be honest, they won’t be as good as they have been. My time is limited and I’ve found myself with a lot more responsibility than I had even a month ago.

So let’s get started!

Starting Lineups:

Deportivo La Coruña: Ruben; Juanfran, Fabian Schar, Sidnei, Luisinho; Pedro Mosquera, Guilherme, Celso Borges; Fede Cartabia, Florin Andone, Zakaria Bakkali

Real Madrid:  Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco; Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale

Cristiano is serving his 5 match ban, so we see ourselves starting the season without him. However, with the depth of this squad, I can’t say I’m all that worried. Just look at that starting lineup! And think about who is on the bench!

Within the first ten minutes, Keylor was forced into a couple of great saves. If he keeps up that ’15/’16 form, I have no complaints! Gareth “Thoros of Myr” (my apologies for Game of Thrones references) Bale scored an easy tap in after Ruben bobbled a shot from Luka. Benz pounced on it, then Garebear poked it in (20′). Good to see him on the score sheet!

Somehow it was Bakkali that picked up the first yellow card of the match (24′) even though I though Nacho probably should have earned at least one earlier. Casemiro scored our second in the 24th minute. I loved his positioning in this match. He was pushing forward and helping in attack instead of sitting back. I much prefer it this way, despite my issues with him on the ball.

The first half ended Deportivo 0 – 2 Real Madrid

Second Half:

Andone is dangerous. Both in his speed/skill and the fact that he tackles like Marouane Fellaini. Not very good at it. Either way, I had enjoyed watching him in the first half. My commentators kept mentioning that he’d been linked to Burnley. Don’t go, my man! Don’t. Go.

The Pony picked up his first yellow card in 53′ along with Deportivo’s Schar for a clash between the players. At 57′ Luka was the next player to pick up a yellow, followed by Fede at 60′.

ToniLive scored our third goal after Bale worked his way into the box in the 63′. You all know that I love Toni goals!

We got to see some Asensio, Marcos Llorente, and my kiddo Lucas Vazquez as subs before the 80th minute.

Mosquera (84′) and Andone (87′) both picked up yellow cards for Deportivo before the home team was awarded a penalty when Dani brought Gama to the ground. Lucky for us, Andone put the ball wide and we were looking at a clean sheet.

After a heavy challenge on Borge, The Ramos picked up his second yellow of the match and was sent off. Not really how I like to see Sergio start the season. I just hope he’s getting it out of his system early!

After 3 minutes of extra time, that was it.

Deportivo 0 – 3 Real Madrid

Post-Match Comments:

Zidane post match


Zidane: “We’re happy with the performance because it’s not an easy place to come”

“We played well against a side that can cause you problems”, added the Real Madrid coach.

Zinedine Zidane spoke to the media from the press room at Riazor and analysed the Real Madrid win against Deportivo: “We’re happy with the performance and the way we played. We can be happy with what we did because it’s not an easy place to come and they’re a side that can cause you problems. They had chances to score at the start of the game. We’ll now look at the next game and we’ll see how we’re going to approach it”.
“I’m not happy with what happened to Sergio. I don’t like seeing a player sent off, but it’s something we can’t change. I don’t know if the card Ramos got was fair, I’ll have to have a look at it later, but I will not talk about it. He jumps, it’s a foul and that’s it. I’m going to be without a player now so I can’t be happy about that”.

The move for the second goal
We try to enjoy ourselves whilst also playing good football and we’ve got the players to do that. We got the second goal and it’s one that we’ve been working on, when you score a goal like that, everyone’s happy. That’s part of Casemiro’s game and he’s capable of getting into the box. When we’re in the opposition’s half and building moves like that one, he can break forward and be in the right place. I’m delighted that he’s scored but it’s not his main job in the team and we all know that”.

“Nacho always does his job and is focused, even when he doesn’t play. He hadn’t featured much in recent games, but he was thrown in and he did well. I’m delighted because I can change the personnel or the way we set up and the players still go out and do a great job”. 

The squad
“I’m pleased with the squad just how it is. I like the squad I’ve got and I hope that there are no changes to it, but up until 31 August anything can happen”.

Marcelo post match

Marcelo: “We’ve done a good job and started the league well”

“We were switched on from the off as we went in search of the three points”, said Nacho.

Marcelo spoke about the victory against Deportivo in the first league match: “We’re top of the table, although we know that it’s not important at this stage. The important thing was to get the win. There are a lot of game to come and we’ve got off to a good start. We started pressing the opposition high up the pitch and you could tell”.
“The coach asks us to have the ball as much as possible and defensively we have to be switched on at all times. We train every week to put it in to practice. We played really well with and without the ball. Now we have to play and win every game we’ve got”.

Ramos’s sending-off
“It’s not down to me to tell the Real Madrid captain whether what he did was right or wrong. It was a tough game and these things happen in football”.

Nacho: “We played a very clever game”
“We played a very clever game, although we didn’t play our best football. The whole team was switched on from the off, you have to be here. They’re three very important points. Things are going very well and we have to continue like this, working hard and running more than ever”.

“The team is well prepared and the coach is very good at using all the players, I’m very happy to be back in the starting eleven. We all feel important and part of the group”.
Casemiro: “This is the right path to win titles”
“We’re happy, we started well. This is the right path to win titles, they’re three important points because the season is long. Little by little the team is growing every week, gaining in confidence and playing better. We have to win every match we can. There is no limit with this team, especially as we work so hard and are humble in what we do”.

Ramos: “We’ve got off to a winning start in LaLiga”
“The good thing is that we’ve got off to a winning start in LaLiga. There were some controversial incidents and when you don’t end the game on the pitch after receiving a harsh booking you learn from each and every incident. We’re not going to discuss it any more or speak any more about it. I don’t think that they’re premeditated decisions, but at times you have to be more careful. Everyone has their own interpretation and all opinions are to be respected. In the Champions League and international fixtures the referees are more tolerant”.

“In the first half Carvajal was down for a minute and they failed to put the ball out of play and we warned them then that we would do the same. As a result of that, Modric plays the ball and he gets headbutted on the cheek and I just separated the player, with no intention of attacking him but just to separate him. As for the second booking, I didn’t go in to hurt the player either, I jump above him and I lean on his shoulder. We ale to talk freely and when you enjoy a period of such great success, perhaps people have it in for you and not everyone likes that”.

Our next match is Wednesday against Fiorentina for the Santiago Bernabeu trophy. We play Valencia at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

¡Hala Madrid y Nada Mas!


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