Real Madrid continued their resurgence after a poor start to the season with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena in the UEFA Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his second hat-trick in a span of three days adding to Karim Benzema’s superb bicycle kick as Madrid easily dismissed the former European giants in their own turf.
The win comes hot on the heels of Madrid’s 5-1 demolition of Deportivo in the Spanish La Liga as Jose Mourinho’s men finally begin to click just in time for the mother of all derbies, the El Clasico, this Sunday.
Les Merengues have been slow off the blocks this season in the domestic league where they trail leaders and this weekend’s opponents Barcelona with a massive 8 points. It may still be early in the season alright but so competitive are the two teams for the La Liga title that even a point lost earlier in the season could prove the difference come end of the season.
After a poor start to the season which saw Madrid lose two matches against Getafe and Sevilla, the 32-time La Liga champions are now finding their scoring boots and winning mojo. They have won 4 matches on the trot in all competitions scoring 14 goals in the process.
Star man Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 9 of those goals and his second hat-trick in succession is indicative of a player who is putting the early season troubles behind him and sweating it out for the team which pays him hefty wages in a weekly basis.
The Clasico derby this Sunday could as well break or make Madrid’s season. A win will see them reduce the deficit between them and big rivals Barcelona to five points which they can be sure of reducing further as the season progresses. A loss and 11 points behind Barca may be a point too many to curl back.
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