Real Madrid 3 : 0 Leganes — Three lessons learnt from the encounter

Real Madrid were 3-0 winners over Leganes in Copa del Rey round-16 fixture which was played at Santiago Bernabeu last night.

Club captain Sergio Ramos gave the Los Blancos the lead right before half time when he converted from the spot after Alvaro Odriozola was brought down by Gerard Gumbao in the box.

Lucas Vazquez made it second in the 68th minute as he benefitted from a quick link-up play between Benzema and Junior to score an easy tap-in.

Brazilian youngster Vinicius Junior, who joined the team from Flamengo for €45m in the summer, sealed the lead with an eye-catching 12-yard stunner into the second half of the game.

Below are the three lessons and talking points we gathered from the game

Youngsters could be the best solution to Madrid’s problems

Solari gave youngsters the chance to start against Leganes so as to see if they can lay claim for a place in his starting lineup and they didn’t disappoint.

Vinicius Junior’s wonderful goal was a prove that the Spanish tactician could turn to young players for solution to his team’s problem.

22-year-old Sergio Reguilón and 20-year-old Federico Valverde were also lively during the encounter as both players weren’t found wanting in their respective duties.

Solari will surely have a selection headache ahead of their next game against Real Betis as he might be thinking whether to start the young and determined players or to recall the older players back into his starting lineup.

There’s an urgent need for Solari to upgrade his Backline

Irrespective of the fact that the La Liga giants kept a clean sheet in front of their fans, the fact remains — the team has a shaky and fragile defensive unit.

Solari’s men could have conceded the first goal of the night if not for Navas’ world-class save to deny Braithwaite from scoring.

The Leganes forward wasted another two glorious chances that could have turned things around for the away side.

Solari must work on the backline as soon as possible,else, he would pay dearly when they face  sharp attackers.

Sergio Ramos is cool from the spot

Ronaldo’s departure has obviously affected the Los Blancos attacking prowess so far this season. However, the club have been able to find a perfect replacement for him when it comes to penalty duties.

Sergio Ramos stepped up to convert from the spot in a very fashionable manner  which was his 100th career goal.

With the result, Madrid are one leg in the semi-finals of the competition as it would take only miracle to see Leganes defeat them by the same goal margin in the reverse fixture.

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