Eight months ago, a very promising player suffered an ACL injury that could have affected his football career. Today, Jesé Rodríguez joined the pitch during the second half to score Real Madrid's 5th goal.
Pacheco started the game on goal when everybody expected Navas to play. The Costa Rican has been rotating -- not much -- with Iker Casillas, so this is not like he is tired of playing, so it is a strange decision by Ancelotti that probably means that Navas will play against Ludogorets next week.
Let's face it, this match was pointless. Real Madrid beat Cornellà 1-4 away from the Bernabéu, so having to play a whole second game was problematic. Injuries can always happen, and in fact, Khedira had to leave the game after a serious collision with a Cornellà defender. The German player was knocked down for a while, but he should be fine soon.
Real Madrid earned a solid advantage after Cornellà missed their only chance from the spot. James scored twice, proving that he also has goalscoring skills, and Isco added one to his account. Later on the second half, Chicharito hit the crossbar but the ball went right in after touching a defender's leg.
Isco played really well, and so did James. In the meantime, Arbeloa still played terribly. No news on those fronts. He started the season well, but his last couple of months have been worrying to say the least. If Carvajal gets injured, Nacho will be a safer bet than Arbeloa for the right back position.
When Jesé came in listening to the whole Santiago Bernabéu singing his name, the expectations were high. He was out of the team for a while, but everybody remembers how well he was performing before getting injured. Jesé is still out of form -- he was visibly tired just five or ten minutes after entering the game -- , but his goal and some other skills displayed during his 30-minute run are encouraging signs towards his recovery. After all, Jesé might come out of this misfortune being a better player, not taking a single thing for granted. He celebrated with the doctors in sign of appreciation for their work. He's maturing.
Jesé will be 22 next February, which means that he should turn quite soon into the player he's expected to be. He needs minutes to grow up as a player. If Ancelotti finds him some room, Jesé will surely become that player. He's back.
Welcome back @JeseRodriguez10 :-)))— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) December 2, 2014