La Liga 2017/18: Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar, 5 talking points
Real Madrid emerged winners in a 3-0 encounter against 16th placed Eibar at the Santiago Bernabeu. An individual error from Paulo Oliviera and goals from Marco Asensio and Marcelo sealed a fortunate, albeit a comfortable victory for the Spanish giants. Following the win, Real Madrid maintained the five-point gap between themselves and Barcelona.
Here are the 5 major talking points from the game:
#5 Real Madrid could've killed the game sooner
Zinedine Zidane made five changes from the Champions League game, by benching Toni Kroos, Karim Benzema and Marcelo, while keeper Kiko Casilla stood in for the injured Keylor Navas.
The shuffle didn't prove to be very effective, though the uninspiring Los Merengues grabbed three points from the game.
When in top form, Real Madrid are known to kill games earlier than expected. However, the game against Eibar was another of their mediocre displays, that has raised concerns over their quality of play. The lack of killing spirit was clearly visible from a number of chances they failed to convert in the match.
Santiago Bernabeu is far from being the fortress it is usually known to be. As Madrid won their third home game of the season, they are yet to score more than three goals at the Bernabeu in a La Liga match.
The Whites enjoyed 58% of possession, but failed to deliver a convincing performance, scoring only thrice in 15 shots throughout the game. Real Madrid need to up the ante as soon as possible if they plan to provide healthy competition to league leaders Barcelona.