While Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale combined to score the opening goal in Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw against Borussia Dortmund, they also made significant contributions in defence on Tuesday evening.
Their respective heatmaps show that the No.7 and the No.11 spent almost as much time in their own half of the pitch as they did in the opposition’s half.
Zinedine Zidane’s message that the defence does not depend solely on the defenders finally seems to be understood by the attacking pair.
They tracked back time and time again to offer support at the back, before sprinting forward several times on the counter attack.
Given that Los Blancos have only kept a clean sheet in two of their nine matches so far this season, this could be a significant development for future matches.