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La Liga 2016/17: Leganes 2-4 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points

Anirudh Menon
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Real Madrid scored for the 51st game running, and by bagging four goals on the night outgunned minnows Leganes with what essentially amounted to their B-team. With this, they ensured that the comfortable 2 point gap between them and Barcelona (with a game in hand) retained its status quo. They are still firmly in the driver seat when it comes to the La liga title race, while their opponents of the day remain in the drivers seat when it comes to the relegation battle, thanks to favourable results elsewhere.

Here then, are the five key talking points of the game. 

5. Asensio, Morata, and Vazquez caught in a Catch-22

Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata and Lucas Vazquez were brilliant as the three of them displayed just what they were capable of. Morata grabbed all the headlines with his record creating act:

but his partners on either side caught the eye – as they invariably do whenever they get a chance to play for a substantial period. Asensio’s and Vazquez’s intelligent movement allied with Alvaro Morata’s utter ruthlessness was the main positive for Zidane and would have heartened many a Madrid fan.

So what’s the problem then?

Thing is, the trio will never play for a club bigger than Real Madrid, because there are no clubs bigger than Real Madrid, and it is highly unlikely that they will be paid quite as much anywhere else either. But if they don’t leave, they will be crushed under the superstardom of Bale, Benzema, and Ronaldo. And whichever Galactico Florentino Perez forces on the squad in the summer. 

Forget Shakespeare... To leave or not to leave, that is the question that three of Spain’s brightest attacking talents have to face up to, and eventually answer 

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