Real Madrid defeat Galatasaray with contribution from Castilla players – La Liga Special (Part 1)

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Real Madrid defeat Galatasaray with contribution from Castilla players – La Liga Special (Part 1)
Real Madrid have established their reputation as perennial big spenders with little or no thought given to the cantera. However, in this new reign of Florentino Perez, focus has changed from Galactic superstars to youthful sporting personalities of tomorrow.
An exhibition of this was on show in Madrid as Los Blancos took on the challenge of Galatasaray in Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu.
Goals came from Madridista favorites, with reserve players mingling with first team regulars. As many as seven youngsters showcased their abilities in front of roaring supporters en route to a dodgy 2-1 win
over the opposition.
Antonio Adan started between the sticks as club captain was given some time off in the friendly tournament. Adan has come through the youth ranks of Los Vikingos playing in Real Madrid C and Real Madrid B before becoming Casillas’ deputy in
the first team this year. He becomes second in line for the gloves after the departure of Polish shot-stopper Jerzy Dudek.  
Manager Jose Mourinho was all praise for his performance in his post-match interview. “Adan has to play because you need minutes to develop. Today was a perfect match for him and played well. With the stop has given us the final victory. Before coming to
Madrid I had not played a minute with the first team.”
Raphael Varane started the game in front of him, partnering, who came in the second half. He was reliable whenever called upon and gave a solid performance that belied his
tender years.
The French defender came to Santiago Bernabéu after a solitary season with the Lens’ first team and will be likening to continue his footballing education at his new club. Varane is ahead of Albiol in the pecking order in the Madrid setup, which was
exemplified by his introduction before the Spaniard.
The match also gave Real Madrid B captain, has been a part of the team from the age of 11, coming through the club’s ranks while representing Spanish youth teams at all levels. At
5 feet 11 inches, the 20-year-old is a towering presence against the Turkish side and has shown his pedigree in 56 prior appearances for the reserve side. With a squad full of upcoming defenders, Nacho is crème de la crème in the reserve side.
Sporting Clube de Portugal’s on loan young central defender,
and is on-loan from his parent club. After impressing in training, the Mendes represented player has made the jump to the first team.
This is a big leap for, who was playing in Swiss Super League only a year ago. He came in the second half of the match much to the surprise of fans, who believed him to be in the wilderness of Segunda Division. Mendes looks set to become another Portuguese
addition to Los Blancos dressing room, swelling the already bloated number to four in the Spanish side.
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