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Crucial stats following Real Madrid’s victory against Juventus

Real Madrid defeated Juventus 2-0 to earn their first victory of the preseason. This was by far the strongest showing from the Champions League champions so far this year.

Karim Benzema’s penalty kick after Vincius Junior was brought down in the box gave ‘Los Blancos’ the lead, and Marco Asensio added a second goal after Carlo Ancelotti made ten substitutions.

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Here are three statistics that shed light on the contest and some notable moments from the evening in Los Angeles. 

Real Madrid took 9.31 seconds to put the ball in the back of the net

The way Real Madrid opened this game was a definite declaration of purpose, even though the offside call was very slight.

Toni Kroos’ long pass over the top was intercepted by the Juventus defense and found three Real Madrid runners. Dani Carvajal would have been onside and it may have resulted in a legitimate goal had Fede Valverde sent the ball to him while he was in behind him.

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In fact, Juventus didn’t execute a pass in the Real Madrid half until 9 minutes, 53 seconds had passed. Juventus had little chance early on because Los Blancos, who started the game as the superior team, played with such incredible passion and control that they completely shut Juventus out.

That was evident in every aspect of Real Madrid’s play, not just in their lopsided possession advantage or interesting kick-off routine, but also in their improved press, which was considerably more effective than it had been in the early preseason matches against Barcelona and Club América.

Although this was the first occasion where it appeared to be a cohesive approach that worked for Real Madrid, the preseason games thus far have demonstrated that Ancelotti does want to press with this club, at least more so than they did last season. 

Since Jess Vallejo’s last assist, 2,001 days have gone

The majority of Madrid supporters had to make a double take when they saw who was putting the last pass across the box after a stunning team move started by Eden Hazard. Marco Asensio then added the finishing touch. Yes, Jess Vallejo was there in person.

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He last contributed to a goal while on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt on February 5, 2017, when they played Darmstadt 98 in the Bundesliga.

The type of depth that Ancelotti will need if Real Madrid is to contend this season on all fronts is exactly performances like this one from Vallejo.

He already behind Éder Militio, David Alaba, and Nacho in the standings after Antonio Rüdiger’s arrival, but he could be able to gain an advantage by positioning himself as a viable alternative on the left where there is less competition.

There were 93,702 spectators in the Rose Bowl

To date in 2022, Los Angeles has drawn the largest crowds to any club-level football game.

It was a blatant example of why clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus, and others go to the United States on preseason tours, where American supporters are itching to watch their idols play on their own soil.

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For the first time since a 2-1 triumph over Roma at the MetLife Stadium in 2018, Madrid supporters were able to witness their club winning on American soil this time. Ironically, Marco Asensio scored in that game as well, which was played just three days after a 3-1 victory against Juventus. 

In the few weeks that Real Madrid has been in the US, the team has added 740,000 Twitter followers, which only serves to highlight the benefit of making the long journey as part of the team’s preseason preparation.

The fact that Barcelona and Celta Vigo are also visiting the US this summer is good for LaLiga as a whole, but the Rose Bowl crowd proves that Real Madrid has once again triumphed.

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