Adiós Rio, hoLa Liga
The flame goes out and LaLiga aquires our attention again. Yesterday we found out that Madrid were not affected by the impressive start from Barça. In minute 1 the advantage was established in Anoeta. The patched-up front three (Morata, Bale, Asensio) worked very well, even without the controlling influence of Modric. The match was a demonstration of the power of Madrid, who scored three goals, and forced goalkeeper Rulli into several saves. La Real did show some fightback at some stages of the game, especially in the second half, but there was a big gulf between the two teams.
Squad strength counts
Playing against Madrid or Barca is difficult, due to the level of players they can both call upon. Even with all those that were missing in Anoeta, Isco and James didn't make the starting line-up. Zidane has so many good players that, and he said it himself, every time he has to pick a team it makes his head hurt for those who he has to leave out. And what of Atleti? Atleti are something else. They also had more than the opposition, but found it a challenge to get the goal. They played a colossal, yet distressing, second half but after finally getting on the scoresheet - in stoppage time and via the penalty spot - Alavés drew level with a great strike from Manu García. For Atleti everything is just a bit tougher.