Very flat performance by Real Madrid against Málaga. As soon as Los Blancos earned the lead through Sergio Ramos, they started taking things very easily and trying to save some energy for next Wednesday's Derby against Atlético de Madrid. Unluckily enough for Carlo Ancelotti, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale are questionable for said game after picking up injuries today.
3 things we learned
- Luck is not on Real Madrid's side this season. Benzema was not able to play this game. Gareth Bale left on the third minute and Luka Modric had to be replaced during the second half as well. Just when James Rodríguez was healthy and Ancelotti had the whole roster at his disposal, the doctors will now have to worry about Bale and Modric.
- Ancelotti will always substitute his right-back. In every game. It didn't make much of a sense to introduce Carvajal late in the game when Real Madrid probably needed a force in the midfield, but Ancelotti still chose to go for it, proving that this is one of his favorite moves this season. It would be interesting to hear his thoughts on that.
- Isco hasn't been playing well since James' return. There have been reports saying that Isco isn't too comfortable with his role since the Colombian made his way back from injury. Ancelotti once said that Isco was an "undisputed starter" in this team and now the midfielder finds himself on the bench when the whole roster is available. That might have something to do with his mediocre performances lately.