Denis Cheryshev (photo via Realmadrid.com)
Even though this was Real Madrid's first preseason match against a team that currently plays in Segunda División B, it's always good to start with such good feelings. José Mourinho's third year as Real Madrid coach took off with a 1-5 win in the Stadium Carlos Tartiere in Oviedo, Asturias. The Portuguese coach decided to start a team composed by Castilla's men, also with Morata, Adán and Granero. Álex Fernández, David Mateos, Denis Cheryshev and Jorge Casado were some of the academy players that had the chance to kick off the game.
The tempo of the game was so slow, and everyone could notice that this was the first game for both team's. Mourinho probably asked Granero to control the midfield and play Xabi Alonso's role, but Real Madrid's number 11 couldn't command as well as the Spain's National Team starter. That's why later on, he moved to Álex's position and let the canterano play in the double pivot with Mosquera. But before that, in the 9th minute, Lucas Vázquez managed to received a good pass and took advantage of it as he put the ball inside the net with quality.Morata had two very good scoring opportunities in his 45 minutes, but Oviedo's goalkeeper made two very good saves to prevent him from converting them. Morata wore number 23, so this could confirm the information concerning his presence in Real Madrid's first team roster for the next campaign. The Spanish striker delivered a very good pass to Denis in the 38th minute, and even though it seemed the Russian winger would have a very difficult look to score, he nailed it and put the 0-2 in the scoreboard.
One minute later, the ball hit Granero accidentally after a cross from Lucas and went right in, 0-3 and the game was already over before Mourinho decided that Di María, Higuaín, Varane, Nacho and Callejón were going in after halftime.
Real Madrid played a little bit better in the second part of the game even though Oviedo was able to score and also had a penalty-kick stopped by Castilla's goalie Jesús Fernández. Higuaín was as unlucky as Morata near the goal, but Di María was great and looks ready to start the season already. El Fideo knows he needs to recover his starter spot in the club after the injuries he suffered in the second half of last season. He scored two goals and crossed a nice ball to Higuaín that was saved by one of Oviedo's defenders.
The rest of the game was superfluous. A more important test will come this Friday when the team travels to Lisbon to face off against one of Portugal's most successful teams, Benfica.
Man of the Match?
Di María (106 votes)
Cheryshev (14 votes)
Morata (19 votes)
Other (comment section is below) (9 votes)
148 total votes