SportsReal Madrid overwhelms at the start

Real Madrid overwhelms at the start


Benzema finishes off in the 0-1 action.VINCENT WEST / Reuters

It is only the premiere, but for Real Madrid it is a lot to start with a win at home, with three points to go adding cup to cup, to fill the warehouse and have reserves for the moments of downturn. He convinced Ancelotti’s team, especially in the second half, when local enthusiasm began to wane and cracks opened in Calleja’s defensive cement.

Without palliative, the defeat of Alavés does not find excuses in any external factor. Enthusiastic Vitoria, surrendered to the evidence in front of a powerful block, which waited for its moment. The people of Vitoria know that this is not their war, that they will have to fight against other rivals to find stability this season.

Mendizorroza sounds loud, although it is barely twenty percent of its flow, now that the gates have been opened and the stands are populated as the swamps are emptied. The 4,000 make noise of 20,000 per interposed person, they call out the referee, they boo Bale, they are surprised by the melonazos of Alaba, but they respect Benzema, they drive their own, dressed as the heroes who forged the legend of the glorious, pants and socks black, and finally have fun.

Sounds Mendi 526 days after the doors were closed and the footballers got used to the silence, to the exaggerated screaming after each inning; to know where each ball would go just because of the dry noise of the hit, and even the radio users screaming at each dangerous action. The protagonists are no longer heard, congratulations, because it has been very hard for everyone, and the goals do not sound the same in the stands as they do on television.

If they could get there, of course, that’s another, because in the first part it didn’t seem like it. Both Alavés de Calleja and Real de Ancelotti gave the feeling that they were missing a couple of boils. Cansino the white team, with Benzema in the center, Bale and Hazard on the wings, deactivated by an enthusiastic dynamic rival. Only at the impulse of Valverde did Madrid move in which Modric, too advanced on the line to think clearly, got lost and barely filtered the game, his specialty. The white team was adored, enthusiastic but the Albiazul run over, the tie to zero at halftime was a logical consequence of what was happening on the pitch, no matter how much they sighed for something else in the stands. Madrid was too slow, as if it believed it was still in hot Spain with extreme temperatures and not in warm Vitoria, like a blanket to sleep on. When he realized that the weather was perfect for playing soccer, he was unleashed.

Valverde’s gallop

Then the perfect storm was unleashed after the break; what the spectators may have feared might happen in the sky, after a sudden drop in temperature, happened on the green carpet of Mendizorroza and was also a downpour. He hit Real Madrid three times, like a pylon hammer, displaying all his offensive power, and it was Benzema who caused the damage in the Pacheco area. First after a Lucas Vázquez cross, which Hazard, in his contribution to the cause, exquisitely touched the spur to put it on the captain in his comfort zone to open the Alava injury.

Then he would score the third, on the second attempt, after a spectacular gallop by Fede Valverde. In the midst of the captain’s two goals, Nacho finished off a corner. Everything happened in less than a sparkling quarter of an hour in a Madrid touched by inspiration.

Two minutes after the sentence with Benzema’s signature, Militão made life difficult in a transfer to Courtois, who tripped Guidetti and committed a penalty, which Joselu transformed to speed up a more dignified score. That quarter of an hour was enough for Real Madrid, in which the newcomer Alaba was discreet, as if he had not yet settled into his new role. Hazard, more active, left flashes, but it faded at times, or perhaps Benzema’s shadow was too long.

In Madrid, in short, even Vinicius ended up happy with his header in the discount that widened the difference on the scoreboard, which punished Alavés excessively, who during the first half tutored his rival but collapsed at the beginning of the second. It does not have the punch of a great, and that is too noticeable when inspiration appears to the adversary.

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