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Jose Mourinho loves to use experienced players.
His Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan sides were all built on aging legs. Madrid find themselves in an injury crisis. If the manager had more faith in his younger players, fitness problems wouldn't look so daunting.
Back in September, Mourinho suggested all of his players are important (via RealMadrid.com).
If this was the case, he would have started Nacho in defence.
As I mentioned before, Michael Essien didn't look completely comfortable at left-back. This could have been the perfect opportunity for Madrid's 22-year-old defender to get some game time.
Mourinho did allow Alvaro Morata 11 minutes on the pitch. The versatile forward was hugely impressive during his brief cameo.
Although he could have conceded a penalty with an unfortunate handball, the 20-year-old played with assurance.
He completed 100 percent of his passes. Morata's brilliant lob led to the final goal—allowing Mesut Ozil and Jose Callejon to gain some confidence with an assist and goal respectively.
I wish Mourinho would have a little more faith in youth. The approach has worked out well for Barcelona...