Real Madrid 5-1 Rayo Vallecano: Three things we learned

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Back to business in the league for Real Madrid and the fixture at home to Rayo Vallecano presented a perfect opportunity to rack up some more goals in the plus column, whilst also giving Los Blancos the chance to go into the international break as league leaders.

As expected, the hosts didn't disappoint, with Toni Kroos a notable performer in particular. The 5-1 final scoreline certainly didn't flatter Real, and they march on relentlessly.

Let's take a look at three things we learned from another five star performance...

Kroos the man

It's taken a little while but when Toni Kroos's first goal in a Madrid shirt arrived, it was a belter. There was no stopping it once it left his foot, perfectly placed into the bottom corner of the net.

It was a just reward for a fantastic effort from Kroos, who has become the conduit for Real's attacking thrust. Manager Carlo Ancelotti was quick to praise his midfielder at the final whistle telling reporters: "Kroos was the best player on pitch. Scored today for first time. He has surprised me as he is playing at a very high level."


"Kroos was the best player on pitch" - Ancelotti

It was an all-action display within which his pass completion accuracy was unnerving once again - WhoScored have it at an almost impossible 94 percent. Another assist gives him six already in La Liga, which mirrors his total for the entirety of last season in the Bundesliga.

Ronaldo's perfect 10

New week, same old Cristiano Ronaldo. And this time another record. Never before has a Real Madrid player scored in 10 consecutive La Liga matches and perhaps this season more than any other, Ronaldo has excelled in just about every facet of his game.

So many goals to his name already is really quite incredible when you think that strikers worldwide would be happy to have mirrored his current total by the end of the season. Two more assists and his typical work ethic rounded off a performance that in any other week would've won him a man of the match award.

Unlucky Rayo

There aren't too many teams that go to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and then proceed to have the lion's share of possession, but that's exactly what Paco Jemez's side managed. 

WhoScored note Rayo's 56 percent possession across the 90 minutes and an 89 percent pass completion, far superior to Real's 80 percent.

15 shots on goal was only one less than the home side. Tightening up defensively would've made the scoreline more respectable but other than that, there is little Jemez can reproach his players for. Make no mistake, Rayo came to take the points but it just wasn't to to be on this occasion.

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