Real Madrid put down an early marker with their comprehensive 3-1 victory over rivals Barca. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO
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Real Madrid's decision to sell midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel di Maria left many scratching their heads and consecutive La Liga defeats as well as a reverse to Atletico Madrid in the Super Cup set alarm bells ringing at the Bernabeu.Recent performances, including Saturday's 3-1 win at home to Barcelona in the La Liga Clasico, suggest Ancelotti has successfully completed the integration of Kroos and Rodriguez into a side that is fearsome in attack and mean in defense.Since they were beaten at home by Atletico in La Liga Sept. 13, Real have scored 38 goals in nine outings in all competitions and conceded a mere six.
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