1. Danilo continues to disappoint.
Danilo's performance against Sociedad was another one to forget, unfortunately for him and Florentino Perez. His passing was inaccurate and he seemed unable to make a tackle at times. Like many other opponents this season, Bruma found joy attacking down Real's right hand side and Danilo is struggling to prove to doubters why Madrid paid the exorbitant fee to make him the most expensive right-back in history.
2. Zidane made a managerial error starting Borja Mayoral.
It was obvious that Borja wasn't yet ready for a game of this magnitude as his performance reflected his inability to prise open the Sociedad defence nor create any real danger. This is a game that Real Madrid could not afford to lose, therefore it was a novice error to start a Castilla player with little prior top flight experience in a must-win game. There were plenty of other more viable options to choose from.
3. Bale squanders huge chances before claiming crucial winner.
It didn't seem to be Gareth Bale's day as he had missed many quality chances to open the scoring in the first half, before his planted a second half header in the top corner. Is he the best aerial threat in football today? He's learnt to leap from Cristiano Ronaldo but his placement is superior. He has scored more headed goals than any player in Europe's top 5 leagues and has scored more than 68 of the 98 teams.
4. Madrid continue to stutter without Ronaldo.
It's not untrue to state that Real Madrid have missed their talismanic forward. In each of the three games they've played without him they have struggled. They had to comeback from 2-0 down at Rayo to grab a 3-2 victory, they failed to score away to City and narrowly won today away at Sociedad again by a single goal. Fortunately Bale bailed them out. Still, they'll be hoping Ronaldo will be available for the return leg against City in the Bernabéu.