Without Cristiano Ronaldo, the Merengues lacked creativity and an attacking spark.
Karim Benzema and Kaka both had an unmemorable outing. It was the supporting cast of Granero, Marcelo and Raul that provided the threat and in the second half Royston Drenthe had his moments.
Pellegrini turned defensive with Lass and Alonso creating redundancy in the holding midfielder positions, with Alonso a bit more adventurous. The lack of width down the right was also quite stark compared to the free movement with Marcelo and Drenthe on the left.