Real Madrid kicked the game off really badly. Manchester City dominated the possession throughout the first 15 minutes, but then Benítez's players started to show some more creativity to control the game and dismantle City for good. A convincing 4-1 win for Los Blancos.
- Isco is ready to convince Benítez. Isco and James will likely fight for a starting spot once the Colombian is back, but Isco is not willing to wait for that to happen. The battle for that spot has already started and Isco is doing his best to earn that role already. He's arguably been Real Madrid's best player throughout the two games, playing with consistency and effort on the defensive end.
- Casemiro will be useful to this team. The Brazilian midfielder doesn't have Modric or Kroos' composure with the ball, but his defensive presence is something the team desperately lacked last season. Benítez will surely trust him ahead of Illarramendi or Lucas Silva. He's the perfect player for that role.
- Marcelo will be even more crucial this season. As Real Madrid become a little bit more predictable on the offensive end to improve their defense, Marcelo's creativity will be more important than ever to shake things up and create good scoring chances.