Goals from Isco and Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid beat Deportivo 2-0 and move four points clear at the top of the table. But it was a far from assured performance from Carlo Ancelotti who made heavy work of beating a side who had won just two games away from home all season.Real took the lead in the 20th minute after Isco calmly curled in an effort from the edge of the box, moments after Cristiano Ronaldo missed an open goal. Although the visitors stayed in the game well into the second half, their attack simply lacked the cutting edge to breach Real's shaky defence. And in the end, Karim Benzema's calm chip in the 73rd minute sealed the points for the home side, who won their ninth-straight home game of the season.Here are the major talking points from the game.
#1 Real labour to lacklustre win
A loss to Atletico Madrid wasn't unusual. But what was unusual, was the lack of desire, shown by some of the Real players last weekend. If there was one thing Carlo Ancelotti would have wanted from his players on Saturday, is a response. A sign that the defeat to their bitter rivals was merely an off day and things were going to go back to normal. Although the home side won, there was nothing in their play that showed that intensity that the Italian would have been looking for.
While a win increases their lead to four points and helps forget the derby defeat, the performance of the side, both offensively and defensively wasn't the best. While the score line looks comfortable, the game certainly wasn't and it was only thanks to two moments of brilliance that Real won and that will certainly not sit well with the manager.