It was not a brilliant performance by Real Madrid, but Benítez's men were able to show once again an important degree of robustness and had enough offensive clarity to score a couple of goals to beat the Spurs and move on to the Audi Cup final, which will be held at the Allianz Arena, in Munich, tomorrow at 20:30 CET. The winner of the clash between AC Milan and Bayern Munich that will start in a few minutes will be their rival.
With the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, Benítez's system looked pretty much like the celebrated 4-4-2 that Ancelotti depicted last November, with Kroos, Modric, James and Isco in the midfield, and Bale and Jesé upfront. The Cardiffian was the man to watch in today's game, but it was Jesé the one who managed to bring some danger to the goal defended by Vorm. Big Flow is making a point to be an important player for Real Madrid this season.
The Spurs, on the contrary, were unable to cause any serious concern on Kiko Casilla. Their low rhythm and Real Madrid's interesting pressure blocked most of their attacks and their only dangerous shot on goal was one by Eriksen in the thirteenth minute, from the top of the box, that Casilla blocked confidently.
By the thirtieth minute, Los Blancos made their attacks more prominent and, after a good shot by Modric that Vorm blocked in the last second, scored their first goal in the thirty-sixth minute. Isco, who had fallen to the left wing, received the ball from Modric and put an extraordinary cross into the box that James Rodríguez headed in.
Despite the big number of substitutions that were made during the break and in the second half, the course of the game did not change at all. Los Blancos had a comfortable domain but their low rhythm was desperating at certain moments, and only the entrance of Marco Asensio brought some imagination into the field. In the end, Gareth Bale managed to steal a ball from one of Tottenham's defenders and scored Real Madrid's second goal with a brilliant long shot.