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Open Thread: August 15, 2021

Our Sunday issue of the Daily Merengue!

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What a win!

Los Blancos put a good performance in the second half and won 4-1 over Alavés. It’s good way to start La Liga. As usual, the game was covered in the following articles: Immediate reaction, Player ratings, and Three questions and three answers.

It was also special game for Courtois, as he completed his 100th game for Real Madrid in La Liga

Post-match press-conference

During the post-match press-conference, Carlo talked about several players and the game, here are a few of his quotes:

Hazard played a complete game. The second half was different, we had more intensity and great quality. Hazard and Bale were outstanding

To call Benzema just a striker is unfair towards him. He is more complete and a better player than in my first stint

The build up and pressure on ball carrier was slow in the first half. We did not have the courage. But this is still the first game and we will learn a lot.

I asked Bale and Hazard to play between the lines. First half was more difficult. Then I took them off when game was easier for them. Hazard assist for Benzema was superb

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