Maybe Real Madrid should shelve the Kylian Mbappe obsession for a while, buy a defender and let Vinicius do their goalscoring.
After a week of speculation over whether they might be able to force Paris Saint Germain to let Mbappe go one year short of the end of his contract, Madrid shared the points in a six-goal thriller with Levante.
At the back they were shocking with the defence missing departed centre-backs Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. Luckily for Carlo Ancelotti at the other end he had super-sub Vinicius to salvage a point with two brilliant second half goals.
He now has three in two games this season and with Gareth Bale scoring after just five minutes Real Madrid were worth their point but they must do something about the defensive errors that so nearly cost them.
Only five minutes had passed when Bale put them ahead. David Alaba’s lofted pass down the left sent Benzema clear. He sprinted diagonally into the area but with the goal in his sights his unselfishly checked back and spotted Bale who had cleverly held his run to find space. Bale directed a a low first time shot past Aitor Fernandez to score.
He went close again on 20 minutes sending a shot from a Fede Valverde cross just wide. And he also dipped a free-kick up and over the wall and just past the post from distance. Linking with Benzema ahead of a busy Isco called into midfield in the absence of both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric Real Madrid dominated the opening half.
The influence Alaba was having on their play was also notable. His starting position was left back from where he pinged the ball down the line for the opener but he was everywhere, popping up on the right to whip in dangerous corners and frequently pushing into midfield to initiate Madrid’s passing.
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