Las Palmas 0-3 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points
Goalscorers: Gareth Bale 26' 51', Karim Benzema 39'
Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 victory against Las Palmas, with Gareth Bale scoring on either side of the interval. Karim Benzema, captaining the side on his 400th Madrid appearance, also got on the scoresheet courtesy a well-taken penalty.
As expected, Real Madrid fielded a weakened starting line-up with one eye on Tuesday's clash against Juventus. But that did not stop Zidane's men from putting a hapless Las Palmas side to the sword.
So without further ado, let's discuss the game in further detail and dissect the major talking points that emerged from Gran Canaria:
#5 Perfect dress rehearsal for Turin showdown
Zinedine Zidane decided to ring in the changes and opted to rest the spine of his side for this away game. Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcelo and Toni Kroos were given the day off. Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos and Isco had little niggles and the manager decided not to risk the duo. Dani Carvajal too missed out due to suspension.
But the manager would be happy with the performance that his side put up against a team fighting for safety. Madrid looked comfortable in defence and should have scored a lot more than just three.
Real Madrid did not have to change gears in this one and the players got the job done with minimal fuss. The reigning European champions will now head to Turin to face Juventus in top form whilst also having all their prime players rested and raring to go after the international break.