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Real Madrid Vs PSG: The Rodríguezs Shine In Doha

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Real Madrid started the new year 2014 with a 0-1 win against PSG in Qatar.

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

Real Madrid played a fairly decent friendly against Laurent Blanc's Paris Saint-Germain. Ancelotti decided to mix his team up and started Jesé, José Rodríguez, Morata and Jorge Casado alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos. On the other hand, Isco, Benzema, Modric, Marcelo, Pepe and Di María joined the team for the second half.

It was a fairly encouraging first half for the youngsters, especially for José and Jesé Rodríguez. While the first one confirmed what Mourinho thought about him and showed how promising he is as a midfielder even playing in the hole behind the strikers, Jesé scored Real's opener and claims for more minutes. Jesé won the battle against Morata long time ago, although it's also true that Jesé's goal came off a brilliant assist by the Spanish striker.

It looked as if PSG took the game quite more seriously. Blanc started his best team and they clearly dominated Real Madrid during the first 30 minutes. Ibrahimovic put on a show and constantly fed Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan missed PSG's best chance after a brilliant save by Diego López, whose game was more than solid once again.

After Jesé's goal, Cristiano Ronaldo tried to touch the ball more often and played as a number 10. That allowed José, Jesé and Morata to receive more quality balls. José even hit the post after the soon-to-be Ballon D'Or served him brilliantly.

The second half started with Ancelotti changing his whole squad. Jesús Fernández was the goalkeeper. Pepe played brilliantly in the center of the defense. Casemiro, Modric, Isco and Benzema were decent too. The French striker hit the crossbar after a good cross by Marcelo also.

PSG never looked as intense as they did throughout the first 45 minutes, but still had some very good chances especially off set pieces.

Carlo Ancelotti has already beat Blanc's PSG twice, both 0-1. Both coaches could meet in this Champions League edition if they manage to beat Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.