Three days after lifting their first trophy in the summer, Los Blancos made their debut in the Chinese edition of the International Champions Cup against Mancini's Inter Milan, who had been defeated by AC Milan on Saturday. Real Madrid was able to get a convincing 3-0 victory that sets them in the right position to win a new trophy if they beat the rossoneri on Thursday.
Given that Benzema and Modric had minor physical problems, Rafa Benítez had to change his favorite lineup and give Casemiro and Jesé a spot in the starting XI. Danilo, who may have overtaken Carvajal, was the starting rightback, and the rest of the players were the same as on Friday. Organized in a mixture between a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-4-2, Real Madrid showed a good balance, a tight defence and some offensive brilliance, and the final advantage was not bigger because of the great performance by Inter's goalkeeper Handanovic, who was arguably the man of the match.
Real Madrid started off on the left foot, showing some weakness in the very early minutes, but soon enough they were able to take control of the ball and set the tempo of the game. Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo had clear chances to score, but it was Jesé Rodríguez, who is showing some dazzles of the fantastic player we saw in the 2013-2014 season, who opened the scoreboard, after a great combination with Marcelo, an astonishing one-two that helped him get rid of a defender and a great shot to the nearpost.
After Real Madrid's goal, Inter tried to attack a little more to equalize, but this only resulted in a bigger amount of chances for Los Blancos, who were able to counterattack freely. Both Casemiro and Kroos did a great job to launch the steal-and-run plan, but our strikers' aim was not the best today.
During the break, Lucas Vázquez, Denis Cheryshev, Nacho, Varane and Kiko Casilla entered the field, but this did not result in a worsening of Real Madrid's gameplay. On the contrary, the pace of Cheryshev and Vázquez was a great tool for Los Blancos to keep creating chances with every offensive transition, although it was finally Varane who managed to score the second goal, after a good assist by Vázquez in a set piece.
The match was decided and Rafa Benítez decided to give canteranos Lazo and Llorente a chance to play a few minutes, and also to Colombian star James Rodríguez, who had joined his partners in Saturday after a well-deserved holiday. Real Madrid's #10 managed to score the last goal with a beautiful free-kick.