Real Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano: 3 Things We Learned from Real's Slow Start

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IISeptember 25, 2011

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Cristiano Ronaldo (C) of Real Madrid celebrates with Mesut Ozil (L) and Gonzalo Higuain (R) after scoring Real's 4th goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 24, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid had a tough week, which was ended by a 6 – 2 trouncing of newly promoted side Rayo Vallecano.

For Real fans the tough week did not seem to be over early on in the game. Rayo Vallecano took the lead just seconds in the game while Real Madrid looked like they were asleep.

Here are three things that we learned from Real’s slow start.

1. Real Madrid Never Change Tactics

Jose Mourinho is a mastermind manager. He has tactics that are unmatched by most men in his same position.

Real Madrid plays a physical imposing style, which has high energy. Madrid players are accustomed to playing down men—a casualty of their style of play.

Angel Di Maria was sent off against Rayo Vallecano, but they are accustomed to playing down a man showed and they were not phased.

2. Real Madrid Has Too Much Firepower

The six-goal tally showed just how much firepower Real Madrid have, especially when Cristiano Ronaldo has the ball.

Ronaldo tallied his second hat trick of the young campaign against Rayo Vallecano. Benzema, Higuain and Varane all got on the score sheet with Ronaldo.

This means one thing they can keep themselves in every game. The Real Madrid players can all score and when one offensive threat gets taken off the field another one can enter.

3. Defense is Lacking

Madrid are known as thugs and are constantly getting bashed for their physical style of play. However, this should not be the case.

They should be praised for being tough. They have the ability to play finesse football, but they keep teams off balance with their aggressiveness.

While also being physical, their defense is not always there. At times they have brain lapses where the team seems to take an entire section of games off.

The firepower that they have can make up for these lapses, but it will not be able to save them in El Classicos or other matchups where the difference in talent is not so great.