Carlo Ancelotti's style of play has seen his side secure ten wins back-to-back. His team tend to sit deep and launch quick counters with Vinicius' pace at the heart of this strategy. Yesterday, Cervera's Cádiz side were very much a Cervera side with the coach claiming on occasion this season, some of his players stray from the modus operandi and move out of position which has seen the Andalusian side struggle this season. At the Bernabéu last night we saw him employ a four man defense with five across the middle and just a lone striker with 'Choco' Lozano being replaced at the break by Alvaro Negredo.
Real Madrid were without Modric and on another day he would have provided the perfect foil for Valverde with the Croatian always on hand to work his magic in opening stubborn defensive lines. Hazard was given a run-out on the right flank and was poor in the opening half but improved in the second period linking up well with Benzema. The overall feeling though is that the Belgian is not the player he once was and has lost that burst of pace that left defenders sprawling when at Chelsea.