Real Madrid begin title defence by easing to victory over Roma

It was just one night in Madrid but by the end of it, Real’s fans left the Santiago Bernabéu wondering if this team might be better than the one that won three European Cups in a row.

Zinedine Zidane has gone, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone too, sent off 400 kilometres away in Valencia, but the rest of that team remains. It may even have been reborn; it has certainly been redefined. Perhaps no one looks set to benefit quite like Gareth Bale, withdrawn to a standing ovation here.

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via Football | The Guardian

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