Zinedine Zidane threw Antonio Blanco into the mix against Cadiz and his team selection was justified by the youngster’s top display.
The 20-year-old started in midfield alongside Casemiro and contributed to the controlled team performance that earned all three points.
Cadiz became the 35th different team in LaLiga Santander to concede a goal to Karim Benzema. Not even Cristiano Ronaldo can boast those figures. The Frenchman’s brace puts him to within two goals of Lionel Messi in this season’s scoring charts.
The last time Real Madrid started with five Brazilians in their team was when Cicinho, Roberto Carlos, Julio Baptista, Robinho and Ronaldo were involved. At Cadiz, Eder Militao, Marcelo, Casemiro, Vinicius and Rodrygo became the latest generation of Brazilians to wear the famous white shirt together.
Antonio Blanco, what a player! Real Madrid may have stumbled across their next rising star. Blanco, who made his LaLiga debut against Getafe on Sunday, played from the start at the Estadio Ramon de Carranza. His performance was so good that you have to think he’ll be involved more often with the first team from next season.
Dani Carvajal played the final half hour in Cadiz, returning from his two-month absence through injury. He’s played just 13 games this season and will be an important player going into the final part of the campaign. He could even start against Chelsea.