Wednesday, 20 October, 2021
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Benzema brace has Ancelotti’s Real off to a flier

A brace from French veteran striker Karim Benzema got Real Madrid off to a flier in La Liga Saturday, his double laying the foundation for a 4-1 victory at Alaves to leave Carlo Ancelotti celebrating the start of his second spell in charge.

Eternal rivals Barcelona may have lost Lionel Messi but Real themselves are in a period of transition having seen Zinedine Zidane step down as coach and central defensive linchpins Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane head for Messi's PSG and Manchester United respectively.

Even with their big names still on board both of Spain's biggest clubs were unable to prevent Atletico Madrid walking off with the title last season.