Our La Liga game of the week sees us take a look back at last season’s champions 7-1 decimation of relegation candidates Deportivo La Coruña at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid’s abject defence of their La Liga title has seen the side fail to live up to the spectacular levels expected of them from their ever demanding fan-base during the 2017/18 campaign.
The side’s shock defeat at home to fifth place Villarreal was a stunning reminder of just how far the side have fallen since the triumph of the 2016/17 campaign in which they claimed a remarkable League-Champions League double.
The abject performance saw Villarreal climb to within a point of the Galacticos – all be it having played a game more – and Zidane’s men will undoubtedly have felt the pressure going into the game, the prospect of falling out of the Champions League spots being a genuine threat to his side.
However, Madrid were emphatic in their response to the defeat, with Los Blancos recording a resounding 7-1 victory over their relegation threatened opposition.
The early signs of the match suggested that we were set to witness a continuation of the side’s pitiful displays of late when Deportivo took the lead when Adrian tapped in at the far post from a driven cross.
The home side, however, were uncompromising in their response to going behind.
Nacho buried home an equaliser shortly after the hour mark – the first goal on his way to eight points this week – before Bale thundered in a spectacular second off the inside of the post just before the break to give his side the lead.
The wide man then grabbed his second of the game just before the hour with a well taken header, to secure his eight points for the match.
The side’s playmaker Luca Modric then continued to pile on the misery to the visiting side, as he swept home his side’s fourth of the match.
Madrid’s emblematic striker Cristiano Ronaldo compounded the victory with a late brace, grabbing himself ten points in the process, before a second goal from Nacho completed the rout.
The 32-year-old Portuguese international has recorded just 27 points this season and he will be hopeful that his goal scoring exploits signals a return of confidence and a return to form as we enter the back end of the campaign.
The defeat means that La Coruña have recorded just one point in their last five games, their side having kept just three clean sheets all season.
Whilst one victory does not make up for some of the abject performances that Madrid have produced as of late, it could go a long way in serving as a platform for a successful back end to the campaign.
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