Those Real Madrid fans demanding minutes for canteranos had a reality check in this game against Inter Milan. Yes, this is still a preseason game in a very bad pitch, but Morata and Nacho's performances should worry Real Madrid's executives and coaching staff. Jesé did more in 40 seconds than Morata in a whole half when he hit the post in his first minute on the pitch. Would Nacho and Morata be playing for Real Madrid if they were from Ghana? I doubt it. So why do canteranos deserve more chances?
Real Madrid still played quite well. The team dominated the ball throughout the whole match and even Kaka' scored a goal. But this should be Casemiro's moment. This young Brazilian midfielder played arguably his best preseason game against Inter Milan. He gave two potential assists, one to Morata and another one to Ronaldo. The Portuguese player scored, of course, and Morata can't say the same.
Casemiro deserves the starting spot against Betis, simply put. He's outplayed Sami Khedira while Xabi Alonso and Illarramendi won't be available. Furthermore, Casemiro already made his debut against Betis last season, so he should be more comfortable against them. He might not have the pace to play in La Liga regularly, but he deserves the chance to prove everybody wrong after his amazing preseason. He's been Real Madrid's biggest surprise by far.
Marcelo had to miss the game with a minor injury, but that didn't help Fàbio Coentrao. The Portuguese player seems to be on his way out of the club sooner rather than later. Ancelotti would likely enjoy the chance of having him on the bench, but Coentrao is not comfortable in Madrid and he wants to leave the club. He has certainly not helped his case, although some of the fans were quite unfair with his game because he was a Mourinho-signing.
That meant Álvaro Arbeloa had to play as the team's left back. He's not Roberto Carlos, but he's still better than Cheryshev in that position. Still, Real Madrid should sign a backup for Marcelo. Whether that's De Sciglio or Guilherme Siquiera doesn't matter. But Marcelo does need a replacement. He's not that reliable.
Diego López had a really brilliant game, by the way. If Ancelotti is fair enough, his decision should be difficult to say the least. Yes, Casillas holds the armband and the power in that dressing room, but López's performances have been good enough to keep him in the spot Mourinho gave him. His second half was magnificent. Diego López deserves to play more minutes than the Copa del Rey games, that's for certain.
Real Madrid have ended their preseason without a single loss, and that's always good under a new coach that is trying to implement a new tactical system. The formation Ancelotti will deploy against Betis remains to be seen, though.