Marco Asensio was given an opportunity by Julen Lopetegui from day one and his first time starting for the new coach in an official game was a continental final.
As soon as he started playing, he was impressive and since then, he has only improved, season by season, opportunity by opportunity.
Now, with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus, he has found a spare place in the XI and has been determined to make it his own and ensure that nobody takes him out.
In Girona, he won two penalties and he showed that although Real Madrid are looking to the future with their stars, the present belongs to him.
It was also said that with VAR, Madrid were going to get less penalties given to them.
We have to thank Marc Muniesa and Pere Pons for showing that isn’t the case, although in spite of everything, the referee’s decisions will still be discussed on Monday.
If Lopetegui also didn’t give Thibaut Courtois an opportunity on day one, what argument is there now to take Keylor Navas out?
It was another good showing from the man who said he has the same desire to die as he does to leave.
With each save, the cameras focused on Lopetegui on the bench, although perhaps the face they should have been on was the coach.
Pedro Porro is also going to play a big part for Girona this season and with his desire, speed and trickery, he caused Marcelo plenty of problems.
Lopetegui had to bring on Nacho to combat the threat of the winger.
Are penalties also going to be an issue for Real? Sergio Ramos scored the first and gave the second to Karim Benzema, which helped massively with his confidence.