The most positive news to emerge from Real Madrid's first visit to the Wanda Metropolitano was Dani Carvajal's return to the pitch. After a bout of Pericarditis that left everyone uncertain about how long it would take for Carvajal to pull on the white shirt again, on Saturday he appeared in good condition despite a lengthy lay-off.
Carvajal return a boost for Madrid in defence and attack
With Carvajal back in the mix, Real Madrid can now call upon a player who contributes a significant amount for Zinedine Zidane.
In defence, he brings commitment, intensity, and solidarity. Carvajal is very difficult to beat in one-on-one battles. He also gives a great deal in attack. Real Madrid are perhaps lacking the presence on the wing that was so significant last season, and Carvajal is fundamental to that. He can be lethal both cutting in and going down the outside to provide assists. His return is excellent news...