Real Madrid’s renaissance

22 Jan 2018

To be reborn comes from the Latin word renasci and the definition itself implies something that had stopped working, which reacted to turn things around.

That reaction, new lease of life and rebirth could also be used to describe Real Madrid.

They were remodelled with the usual clay, the same DNA as always and it was a recognisable skeleton which Zinedine Zidane used.

The passing, the pace, the movement, coming from behind and most importantly, the goals.

All of those ingredients helped Los Blancos wind the clock back to the Frenchman’s first game in charge, when they also faced Deportivo.

There was redemption in the capital thanks to their seven goals and they gave seven reasons to believe in this renaissance.

They ran, they scored and looked like they enjoyed themselves as the reigning champions issued a harsh and swift riposte to Adrian’s initial opener.

Gareth Bale in particular looked like a player who has been waiting a long time for this moment.

With no sign of his injury problems, he made it clear that he is ready for the challenges that lie ahead and wants to prove his worth.

The half-time whistle has also posed problems recently for Real as they have struggled somewhat after the interval to impose themselves.

There was no sign of that on this occasion and after the restart, the goal glut brought blisters to their fans’ hands as they continued to applaud their team.

Cristiano Ronaldo had chances to end his frustrations before scoring his two goals, which he didn’t celebrate.

The first, he refused to acknowledge because of the anger he feels about recent criticism and the second was due to the facial injury he received.

A return to 4-3-3 brought back a lot of zip and speed that has often been missing for the team.

Nacho, who turned 28 this week, scored goals that he deserved and his mature performance proved that he can be key on any day of the season.

They are already waiting for PSG.

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