Real Madrid still don’t know exactly what they are doing in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo but with players as dangerous as Gareth Bale; they don’t necessarily have to. Or at least not yet.
All three of the forward line – Bale, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio – offered moments of gleaming quality which were enough to power Los Blancos past Girona after a tight first half to earn a comfortable 4-1 victory at Montilivi on Sunday.
Their nightmarish defeat in the heartland of Catalonia last season was brought to mind after Borja Garcia rifled Girona ahead, but despite Julen Lopetegui’s side a while to work their way into the game, they eventually hit their stride and the goals began to flow.
Karim Benzema struck twice, which considering he only managed five in La Liga in the entirety of last season, will be a weight off the Frenchman’s mind.
Bale continued his own hot-streak too, having now scored in each of the team’s last six league matches.
And Asensio, who won two penalties, burst into life as the game opened up in the second half, displaying the skills and quality on the ball which will delight Madrid fans wondering where the excitement will come from now Ronaldo has left for Juventus.
It was the cliched game of two halves, with Madrid’s first half performance worrying for Lopetegui, who saw his team unable to create many openings against determined opponents who thrust forward on the counter at any opportunity, targeting Marcelo.