Published: Thu, November 29, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

5 talking points from Real Madrid’s hard fought win over AS Roma

5 talking points from Real Madrid’s hard fought win over AS Roma

Madrid bounced back in style from their humiliating LaLiga defeat at Eibar on Saturday, with Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez scoring in a 2-0 victory at Stadio Olimpico, although things could have been different if not for Cengiz Under's bad miss.

Raphael Varane then nearly scored a spectacular own goal in the 33rd minute when he met a corner from Cengiz Under, but the ball flew over the Real Madrid crossbar.

There has been mounting pressure on Solari to make better use of Isco, but the important win over Roma on Tuesday may have alleviated some of that.

Real Madrid veteran Marcelo also spoke surrounding the decision to leave Isco out of the squad, advising his teammate just to keep his head down and fight for his place in the first team. Starters and substitutes are fictitious problems that don't exist.

Bale has failed to score in his last nine league appearances and came in for scathing criticism following Saturday's shock 3-0 loss at Eibar. I am very happy for how he played, he is an example as a professional with a lot of discipline, works very well, and played a spectacular game today.

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After one League Cup appearance in 2015/16, Fazio was loaned out to Sevilla, before completing a permanent move to Roma in 2017.

The club are keen to continue their romance with the Champions League, a competition they have won four out of the last five seasons.

"We were obviously a little frustrated at half-time", Bale said. "We got some confidence back and need to build on that now".

Compartmentalizing these two fixtures makes Los Blancos look like world beaters, however, as we Madridistas know well, not every team the club has faced this year is like Roma. "That is football, it can be frustrating sometimes when things are not quite coming off", he added.

Fair play to Marcelo - the Brazilian could have gone easy on Isco by saying he will get back into the team, but instead he told the Spain midfielder to pull his socks up and work harder.

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