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5 talking points as Real Madrid grab all points at Real Betis

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CASEMIRO HAD ONE OF HIS POOREST GAMES

Casemiro is arguably the world’s best defensive midfielder but he had perhaps his poorest game in a Real Madrid jersey, at least on the basis of his first-half performance. The Brazilian superstar looked dazed was at fault for both of the goals scored by Manuel Pellegrini’s men. He didn’t battle with Mandi for the first and failed to track back for the next.

Even while on the ball, he had a few nervy moments as Casemiro did not bring it under control properly once or twice. He looked very uncomfortable and did not release passes before there was tremendous pressure on him, also misplacing some in the process. He will certainly come back stronger, but this one was not an impressive outing.

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LUKA JOVIC JUSTIFIES ZINEDINE ZIDANE’S OMISSIONS

Luka Jovic was given a rare start in a two-man frontline with Karim Benzema and played well over an hour before being subbed off in favour of Borja Mayoral. In truth, the Serbia international had little to no contribution, thereby justifying why Zinedine Zidane has overlooked him more often than not even while making substitutions.

The former Eintracht Frankfurt striker never got into the box and called for crosses, made no attempts to get himself involved in the player and nor did he track back when the team was under pressure. His only decent contribution was in the play that saw Emerson get a red card, but besides that instance, Mayoral did better coming off the bench.