6 Talking Points from Real Madrid's Win over FC Copenhagen

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistOctober 2, 2013

6 Talking Points from Real Madrid's Win over FC Copenhagen

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    Ten goals, one against, six points and top spot: Real Madrid's Champions League campaign, it's fair to say, has got off to a comfortable start.

    On Wednesday night, they followed up their 6-1 win in Turkey against Galatasaray with a 4-0 win over FC Copenhagen.

    Cristiano Ronaldo headed home Marcelo's cross to give Los Blancos a 1-0 lead at the break.

    It was Ronaldo again who doubled the lead in the second half, this time from a stunning Angel Di Maria cross before the Argentinian added Real's third shortly after.

    Then, in stoppage time, it was Di Maria again who completed the rout.

    Here are some of the talking points to come from the Bernabeu. 

Magical Di Maria

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    With Gareth Bale expected to be out for at least two more weeks, it presents Angel Di Maria with ample opportunity to make a case for his inclusion in the starting XI to Carlo Ancelotti.

    On Wednesday evening, he certainly seized the moment.

    It briefly looked like it might not be the Argentinian's night as chances came and went—one particularly good one following a one-two with Karim Benzema.

    However, Di Maria kept going and his quality eventually told.

    First of all, he laid on Ronaldo's second goal, producing the GIF of the night in the process: you need to see his rabona cross.

    Moments later he sauntered inside and curled a 20-yard effort in with his left foot to put the game well and truly to bed.

    Then, in stoppage time, he added his second and Los Blancos' fourth to complete a good night's work for Madrid's No. 22. 

Ronaldo Scores More Goals

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    This probably goes without saying, but it's always worth a mention anyway—Cristiano Ronaldo is a predator.

    Two headers took him to five goals in just two Champions League appearances following his treble against Galatasaray.

    It represented his 13th brace in the competition, drawing him level on that stat with Raul Gonzalez and Lionel Messi.

    On the back of his explosive start, you're unlikely to find any good odds on him finishing as the top scorer in Europe's premier competition this season.

Still Searching for Control

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    Luka Modric, dropped for the derby against Atletico Madrid, returned to Carlo Ancelotti's starting lineup on Wednesday night.

    He lined up alongside Asier Illarramendi and Sami Khedira in a three-man midfield.

    It represented another twist from the Italian manager as he seeks to find out which midfield option gives him the control he so craves—he's tried the trio in all possible combinations now.

    And despite the comfortable win over FC Copenhagen, it wasn't until Madrid took a 2-0 lead that they really took over with the ball.

    Individually none of the midfielders had bad games, but will Ancelotti be prepared to use that midfield in La Liga?

    Of course, the best solution would be a return to fitness for Xabi Alonso as soon as possible.

Benzema Goes Hungry

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    Karim Benzema has failed to score in his last five league games and on Wednesday night he didn't register against FC Copenhagen.

    His best chance perhaps came as early as the sixth minute.

    Luka Modric sent Marcelo scuttling down the left and his cross was headed wide by Benzema inside the six yard box.

    To be fair to the Frenchman, his all-round play was tidy; his touch in the buildup to Madrid's second goal was good and Angel Di Maria should have scored from his layoff in the first half.

    However, strikers feed on goals and the Bernabeu crowd expect goals from their No. 9.

    Benzema could do with a few soon or his confidence could continue to disintegrate. 

Marcelo Boost and Returning Depth

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    Marcelo's inclusion on the team sheet an hour before kick-off would have been cause for smiles across Real Madrid fans' faces.

    And the Brazilian left-back didn't look particularly like someone playing their first match after injury in the win over FC Copenhagen.

    As early as the sixth minute, he was racing forward to put in crosses and, by the 22nd minute, he had hung the cross in the air that led to Cristiano Ronaldo opening the scoring.

    He came through 90 minutes as well, which will act as a great boost with El Clasico at the end of October beginning to creep into people's minds.

    It's not just the return of Marcelo, though, that will please Carlo Ancelotti.

    Raphael Varane also came through the entire match—his first of the season—and Fabio Coentrao has made a positive comeback over the past few weeks.

    Gareth Bale and Xabi Alonso aside, the Madrid squad is beginning to look in pretty good health.

Qualification Looking Good

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    With Galatasaray nicking a late equaliser against Juventus on Wednesday night, Real Madrid look comfortable at the top of the group.

    There may only be two games gone, but Madrid have six points while second place Juventus have just two.

    In a group which consists of six games, a four-point lead gives Los Blancos quite the cushion already.

    Admittedly two games against Juventus will prove difficult, but can you see Carlo Ancelotti's side not qualifying from this position?