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Real Madrid Vs Inter: Castilla-like Madrid loses in penalty shoot-out

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Pre-season matches are usually rusty, boring and simple. This one wasn't different.

Shaun Botterill

The pitch was in terrible conditions and both teams are still trying to get fit, so Real Madrid's first pre-season game was rusty, boring and simple, mainly because Real's starting lineup was full of academy players that are not experienced enough to play against a professional side like Inter Milan. For example, that was shown on Sobrino's penalty on Nemanja Vidic.

Bale's impressive golazo on the first half put Real Madrid ahead, and the truth is that Ancelotti's men dominated the whole match. Still, Isco's sparks of brilliance and Illarramendi's solid performance weren''t enough to create a lot of chances as soon as the Welsh attacker left the match after half time. After all, Real Madrid Castilla got relegated to the Segunda B, so it wasn't surprising to see these canteranos struggling. Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Medran were arguably Real Madrid's best youngsters. The first one of them helped Illarramendi and Isco on defense and showed some good determination, while Vazquez worked well on defense while being a quick and skilled winger as well.

Carlo Ancelotti did not introduce a single change on Real's successful 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 formations. Bale and Isco had a lot of freedom and Real's attacking system relied on their moves off the ball. It should all be better on the next few games though, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema will not be available against Roma yet.

All things considered, it wasn't that bad. Inter had the better bench and Real Madrid played the whole second half with a Real Madrid Castilla-side with Isco, Illarramendi, Carvajal and Nacho. In the end, Ancelotti's side lost in the penalty shoot-out after Isco, Illarramendi and Mascarell missed their shots, but the coaching staff should not be too worried about it.