Karim Benzema was the star man for Real Madrid on Saturday night.
The French star showed world-class control and technique with his first goal, taking down the precision long-range pass from Xabi Alonso on the full sprint and providing the deft touch to lob the keeper.
Although Benzema started the match slightly out of position, he has the versatility and movement to be effective out on the right. In this breakout season with Los Blancos, the Madrid No. 9 has shown the ability to play any of the four attacking positions in Mourinho's 4-2-3-1.
Benzema's play down the right was instrumental to Madrid's impressive football on Saturday night. The former Lyon striker provided much-needed width and attacking balance as well.
When Özil plays on the right, he frequently moves inside to combine with teammates. With Kaká drifting left, and Ronaldo staying on the left wing, the team becomes overly dominant towards that side. Álvaro Arbeloa does not provide width from his right-back position, frequently cutting inside or playing square passes towards the middle.
With Benzema starting on the right, Madrid were able to spread out the play and create more space in the final third. Although he did not try to consistently beat defenders to the byline, the Frenchman pulled defenders out of the middle with his positioning, wide play, and intelligent movement.
Real Madrid will benefit from the return of Di María over the next few weeks, but Benzema showed that his dynamic style of play and versatility can bring attacking balance to the squad.