Real Madrid 2-1 Leganes: 5 Talking Points
Gareth Bale got on the scoresheet for Real Madrid but will he start against Bayern Munich after this impressive display?
Score: Real Madrid 2-1 Leganes
Goalscorers: Gareth Bale 8', Borja Mayoral 45+1'; Darko Brasanac 66'
Real Madrid managed a slender 2-1 win over Leganes in a hard-fought derby at the Santiago Bernabeu. Playing with a second string side, Real Madrid made the most of their chances and raced to a 2-0 lead at the break. Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral scored for the home side.
Leganes gave it their all in this one and if it was not for their profligacy in front of the goal, they could have left the Bernabeu with at least a point. Darko Brasanac pulled one back for the visitors in the 66th minute. But Real Madrid held on and with this victory, they are just one point behind second-placed Atletico Madrid.
So without further ado, let's analyze Real Madrid's 2-1 win over Leganes in further detail and dissect the key talking points that emerged from the game:
#5 Zinedine Zidane rests his core set of players
As expected, Real Madrid entered the field with a reserve side as manager Zinedine Zidane made 10 changes to the side that beat Bayern Munich. Kiko Casilla was given the nod ahead of Keylor Navas whereas Casemiro was the only player that started yesterday and on Wednesday.
Casemiro played alongside Jesus Vallejo at centre back with Hakim Achrafi and Theo Hernandez being given the fullback duties. The trio of Kovacic, Ceballos and Llorente played in midfield while Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Borja Mayoral played as the front three.
Zidane would be ecstatic that his fringe players got his side over the line and most importantly, kept his impact players fresh for the second leg. The likes of Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo can now be expected to fire on all cylinders against the Bavarians in the second leg.