The Costa Rican 'keeper emerged victorious in a personal battle with Deportivo's Florin Andone at Riazor, securing a clean sheet for Madrid.
Keylor Navas has cemented his position as one of the first names on the Real Madrid team-sheet. The Costa Rican custodian has repaid the faith that Zinedine Zidane has shown in him on every occasion this season, with his most recent triumph coming at Riazor. Navas emerged victorious in a personal dual with Deportivo’s Florin Andone, denying the Romanian twice in open play and once more from the penalty spot.
Keylor Navas superb since pre-season
Navas started the season strongly in the European Super Cup victory over Manchester United, but he had already set the tone on Real Madrid’s pre-season tour to the United States.
Although it sounds like a paradoxical statement, Keylor Navas was the stand-out player for Los Blancos as they lost 1-4 to Manchester City. He did superbly well to keep the scoreline down, in the face of constant bombardment from Sergio Agüero and Gabriel Jesús. While some of his team-mates still appear to be grappling for full match fitness, Navas looked ready to go back in July.
He’s had a pre-season for the first time since I’ve been with him, he’s been good up until now, and he’s really well,” gushed Zidane during the summer.
Zidane said no to De Gea
The French coach’s faith in Navas is such that when Jose Mourinho gave David De Gea the green light to head to the Bernabéu, it was Madrid that applied the brakes.
“We opened the door, but it was them that shut it,” explained the Manchester United boss.
It was Zidane’s decision. He saw no reason to meddle with something so delicate as the goalkeeping position. He feels more than comfortable with Navas; he feels secure.
Zidane has already used 18 players in just four matches
Rotations, rotations, rotations. That was the order of the day under Zinedine Zidane last season and it's already apparent that 2017/18 is no different.
Real Madrid are a different beast when any of their star studded squad can be pulled out of the hat at any one time and the coach has already given game time to 18 players in just four competitive fixtures.
First on the teamsheet were the starters in Skopje for the UEFA Super Cup: Keylor Navas, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio, Mateo Kovacic, Theo Hernandez, Dani Ceballos, Nacho Fernandez and Marcos Llorente have all now appeared, the latter getting a late run out at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.
Few are left without minutes on the pitch at this early stage, but fans can expect to see Kiko Casilla, Jesus Vallejo, Achraf Hakimi and Borja Mayoral at some points this campaign.
Ramos: In Europe the referees are more lenient
Sent off in the last seconds of the match against Depor, Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos suggested that referees in LaLiga are took quick to brandish cards, and are not as lenient as officials across Europe.
It was a sour note to end on, after Los Blancos had completely dominated their hosts.
"I do not agree with the card but I respect the opinion of the referee," Ramos said to reporters after the game.
"Sometimes officials should look at English football and let us play more.
"I like their system because in Europe, referees are more lenient."
Radio MARCA suggested that, in fact, the defender should've been sent off before he actually was, after raising his hands to one of his opponents.
"I was cornered," he continued.
"I hit Schar in the head but I didn't intend to hurt him."
Finally, Ramos noted how other teams don't like it when Madrid keep winning.
"When you win many titles the rivals are full of antipathy towards you," he concluded.
Neymar hits out at Barcelona board: They shouldn't be in charge
While Neymar tears up Ligue 1, the winger's thoughts are still on Barcelona and how he feels those in charge of the club are restraining its true potential.
The Brazilian was on top form for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night, scoring twice and bagging two assists in a 6-2 win over Toulouse while the Blaugrana got one over Real Betis to start their LaLiga campaign.
"I don't have anything to say to the Barcelona board, well, actually I have something to say: I am disappointed with them," Neymar told Deportes Cuatro.
"I spent four years there and was very happy. I began happy, spent four years happy and left happy, but not with them.
"For me, they shouldn't be in charge of Barcelona. Barcelona deserves much better, and everyone knows this.
"Seeing my former teammates unhappy makes me sad too. I hope that things get better for them and that they return to being the team they were and become one that can compete with the others."
Next up on Neymar's agenda is the home fixture with Saint-Etienne on Friday night, which follows the Champions League group stage draw.
Bayern Munich want Julian Draxler as PSG aim to net £36.5m for German playmaker
Ligue 1 outfit are trying to trim their squad in the wake of the world-record Neymar move
BAYERN MUNICH are preparing to offer Julian Draxler as Paris Saint-Germain escape route.
The German playmaker is on the market for £36.5million as the Ligue 1 outfit restructure their squad.
Draxler has no future in the French capital after their world-record swoop for Neymar.
And Bayern believe the versatile former Wolfsburg star, 23, represents a bargain in today’s market.
Carlo Ancelotti is keen to keep strengthening his squad as he aims to bring European success to Bayern.
His side were knocked out by eventual winners Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals last season in a comfortable 6-3 aggregate win.
Prem rivals Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have been linked with highly-rated Draxler.
The Germany international scored a respectable 10 goals in 25 games since joining PSG in January.
But Neymar’s arrival was always going to have a ripple affect and Draxler is one of the first casualties.
The Brazilian superstar has already set about justifying his £198m fee with three goals and assists in just two matches.
His arrival has already seen Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas concede the title.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “What a formidable match of Neymar and PSG, it’s worrying for all the other teams in L1.
“Difficult to imagine a competition contested!”
PSG transfer news: Ligue 1 outfit ‘close to landing Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho’ in £201m swoop with Lucas Moura heading to Monaco
France duo are set to move to Parc des Princes as club chiefs prepare to take summer spending to over £300m.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN are reportedly close to signing Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho in a £201million swoop, with Lucas Moura heading to Monaco.
Parc des Princes chiefs are planning to shell out yet more cash despite already landing Neymar in a world-record deal.
Sky Italy are claiming Mbappe and Fabinho will arrive to take PSG’s total summer spend to over £300m.
The deal will see PSG give Monaco £128m plus Moura for Mbappe, with team-mate Fabinho joining in a separate deal that value all three players at just over £200m.
Mbappe is reportedly keen to join Neymar in the French capital after the Brazilian scored three times in his opening two fixtures.
And Fabinho is also pushing for a Monaco exit after a training-round bust-up.
Nemar’s arrival has pushed fellow Brazil international Moura out of contention, with the principality outfit willing to give him another chance in Ligue 1.
And Julian Draxler is also heading for the exit door as Bayern Munich enter the race for the £36.5m midfielder.