Next Match: at home to Valladolid, November 30
Europe: UEFA Champions League (Group B)
Carlo Ancelotti emphasised the quality Real Madrid have in depth, particularly in midfield, after his side beat Galatasaray 4-1 with 10 men to win their Champions League group. Madrid were without Cristiano Ronaldo, Sami Khedira, Luka Modric, Fabio Coentrao, Rafael Varane and Karim Benzema, while Xabi Alonso began the match on the bench before replacing Casemiro. Madrid have scored nine goals and conceded one since losing Khedira for the season due to a knee injury, and Ancelotti is confident his team will be able to cope without the German midfielder. The coach told a press conference: "Losing Khedira was a problem for us but (Asier) Illarramendi was very good in Almeria, Casemiro was good today, as was Alonso when he came on, and we've got Modric coming back so I think we'll be fine without Khedira."