Real Madrid overcame Sevilla 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu after a beautiful brace from holding midfielder Carlos Henrique Casemiro. The Brazilian scored twice on either side of the lone goal that Sevilla scored.
With that in mind, here are the three things that we learned from the match.
3. Casemiro turns up
This has, so far, been the best season of Casemiro’s career. His defensive game was always above par but this season, he has improved his passing and general attacking game.
As a result, he has been one of the most complete midfielders this season and his two goals against Sevilla are a testament to that. The first one was a slick lobbed finished that would have made a poacher proud and then a nicely placed header that resembled a target man’s finish.
2. Sevilla can pose a challenge
Sevilla under Julen Lopetegui have been absolutely stunning so far this season. They are fourth in the table with 35 points from 20 matches and only 8 behind league leaders Madrid.
While 8 points is a lot, both Madrid and Barcelona are prone to losing points, which the Seville side can make use of. They are still a team in transformation and can only get better from here on.
1. Madrid put pressure on Barca
Barcelona play later tonight and will be looking to close the three-point gap that they have on the Blancos. The Galacticos’ win against Sevilla puts the pressure on the Blaugranas.
Usually, it is the Catalans who play first and take the lead but now that they will have to chase, it could some extra pressure on them, especially coupled with the fact that this is the first time the Blaugranas are playing after changing their manager.