Real Madrid have sent a statement to the chasing pack in La Liga.
Real Madrid moved four points clear at the top of La Liga after responding strongly to last weeks humiliating 4-0 derby defeat to Atletico Madrid.
The European champions had been facing an inquisition this week regarding their title challenge, and the dedication of senior players were also questioned after they celebrated Ronaldo’s 30th birthday hours after their dreadful performance.
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However, any doubts were emphatically answered with a solid win at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid took the lead with a sublime curling effort from the gracious Isco, who is growing into a key figure among a group of real superstars.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men continued to dominate possession without creating many clear-cut chances, but Ronaldo couldn’t help showboating a little.
Deportivo were kept at arms length through the encounter, before Madrid delivered the knockout blow 20 minutes from time through Karim Benzema.