It was a fine margin of victory and Real Madrid return home with a slender 2-1 win over Alaves , but will know that they could have scored more goals.
Los Blancos created enough chances to have netted more than twice, but the ball wouldn’t go in during the second half, something Marcos Llorente has promised they will work to fix.
“This is football and sometimes they all go in, while other times they don’t,” he said of Real Madrid’s goalscoring struggles.
“We will keep working so that the kind of chances that didn’t go in today will end up as goals.
“We are happy about the three points, as that’s what’s important.”
For Llorente, this was a special match, as he returned to the club where he was on loan last season and he was given an impressive standing ovation .
“It has been incredible to return to the Estadio Mendizorroza,” he said.
“I didn’t expect [the standing ovation], I’ve never experienced anything like it.
“I will always be grateful to this fanbase, to this city and to this club.”
Asked about Alaves’ prospects, given that they’ve yet to earn a point, Llorente pointed out that the new players are still getting to know each other and that they should improve.