Social Media Notes
Sergio Ramos took to Twitter yesterday evening to assure us all that not only was Iker Casillas quite all right, there were no hard feelings - well, not too hard anyway.
Despegamos para casa al lado de ...ejem...jejejeje. Alguno me quiere matar hoy.!! No será nada y volverá muy pronto. pic.twitter.com/nLbheXbV8F— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) September 17, 2013
Casillas, who came off to a standing ovation in Istanbul, has had medical tests this morning and will be all right. Pepe, meanwhile, took to Twitter half an hour ago (and posted the same picture on his Instagram account) -
Grande vitória na Turquia frente ao Galatasaray. Obrigado pelo vosso apoio. pic.twitter.com/w1FPpQ3ELH— Pepe (@officialpepe) September 18, 2013
Media Notes & Records
As for the victory against Galatasaray, Madrid have never won away from home by such a large margin and Cristiano Ronaldo broke a record last night, becoming the first player to score 25 or more away-goals in the Champions League. He has 26 now after scoring his second Champions League hat-trick. The first, last year, was also away from home at the Amsterdam Arena.
Karim Benzema, who played very well, is happy with his performance pledges to continue improving. The striker has been under pressure, not least because his national team coach benched him against Georgia.
El País meanwhile, speculates about what their writer considers a return to counter-attacking football, at least for the moment. The return of Sami Khedira and Angel di Maria to the line-up when the game was considered a difficult one (following on a disappointing display at the weekend) and the number of goals scored on the break, suggests that Ancelotti is pragmatic when it comes to important games and the considerable style in which Madrid won the game suggests this remains the team's best tactic.
And finally, it's not every day that Real Madrid rates a mention in The Gray Lady. Nevertheless, it has happened today - a full article in The New York Times, analyzing Cristiano Ronaldo's new contract and the game.