Life without Cristiano Ronaldo got off to a winning start as Real Madrid beat Villarreal 4-2 at the Bernabeu on Saturday night.
Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema opened up a two-goal advantage for Madrid, before Mario Gaspar brought the visitors back into the match.
Jese Rodriguez then continued his scoring streak, only to see a stunning Giovani dos Santos set piece bring the visitors within one again.
However, Benzema eventually ensured all three points would stay in Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti’s side remain unbeaten in 2014—only Athletic Bilbao have managed to take points off them.
Here are the talking points from Los Blancos' latest win.