Madrid, even without Cristiano’s glitz, managed to trouble Manchester Blue only for Joe Hart to stand in the way
vidi ng t he mid f ield a rchitect ure wit h hi s t u r ns a nd r apid pa s s e s through the eye of a needle. His 15 - yard despatch with the right outstep for Marcelo, on the overlap, seven minutes into the second half was his signature. The game changer wore blue, not white, and in the presence of Kevin de Bruyne we saw again the catast rophic fol ly of Jose Mourinho’s decision that he was dispensable at Chelsea. T h e a n x i e t y h e p r o v o k e d wa s transparent on Pepe’s impetuous chal lenge which took him out f lying and earned him a card. There was just about enough equilibrium in the Spanish defensive to deter the Belgian, though. Casemiro struggled for rhythm and though Sergio Ramos has had a season to forget, it took his stature and presence to anchor things.