Real Madrid To Begin Campaign By Brushing Aside Deportivo La Coruna
Real Madrid will begin the defence of their La Liga crown on the road against Deportivo La Coruna on August 20th.
Zinedine Zidane’s men won the crown for the first time since the 2011-12 season, breaking Barcelona’s stranglehold at the top. Los Blancos now have the task of building on their success and will be desperate to make a flying start to the new term.
Real have already secured their first crown of the season by defeating Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup, with goals from Casemiro and Isco delivering the trophy in Macedonia. Zidane’s men put the Red Devils to the sword, even without the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who spent the majority of the contest on the bench.
The form of Casemiro would have pleased the Frenchman as the midfielder dominated the match in the middle of the park. The Brazilian opened the scoring with a fine run and finish, highlighting the quality that runs through the team.
Isco picked up where he left off last season, pulling the strings in the final third. He and Gareth Bale carved open the United defence to notch the second goal of the evening, with the Spaniard applying the finish past David de Gea.
Real have not missed a beat since Zidane assumed control of the club and his side look poised to hit the ground running against Deportivo, who only narrowly avoided relegation last term with odds of 2/9 with Bet365 to triumph.
Los Blancos hammered Deportivo 6-2 in the same fixture last season, and although two players who scored three goals in the contest James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata are no longer on the books at Madrid, there is no reason why Real should not brush their opponents aside at the Riazor.
Zidane’s men went 16 games unbeaten at the start of the last campaign and they will want to send a similar statement this term, beginning with a strong performance to overcome Deportivo.