A gritty Levante side gave their illustrious opponents a run for their money as they went down 1-2 at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia yesterday.
Real Madrid were back in La Liga action following a shock defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu against Girona and were expected to show a response.
Madrid did start the game well but an inspired Levante side quickly came back into the game and looked dangerous from time to time.
Had their strikers managed to show a bit more composure in front of goal, the result could have been very different.
Real Madrid once again looked lost of ideas and creativity and needed two penalty decisions ( with the latter one being highly controversial ) to seal the match.
But even on this frustrating day, Balon d’Or Luca Modric and Brazilian starlet Vinicius Junior were the silver linings for Solari.
While Modric dominated the midfield while in possession, Vinicius was once again instrumental down the left-hand side.
The 18-year-old was not afraid to run at the Levante defence and looked dangerous whenever he got the ball.
During the first half, he managed to set up Benzema once with a lovely ground cross which the Frenchman failed to control and could have got himself in the scoresheet when he drove right into the Levante defence on another occasion.
The teenager also worked tirelessly in defence, helping Regulion out on a number of occasions.
And this has been the case in almost every game since the Argentine coach decided to give him first-team minutes.
His fearless attitude, dazzling footwork and dedication brings a spark among the Real Madrid players and fans alike and arguably it was one of the biggest reasons behind Los Blancos’ recent revival.
He also likes to show off glimpses of his audacious touch and control in almost every game and the Levante tie was no different.
In a moment of brilliance, the Brazilian trapped a long ball that was behind him with his right leg in a position that somewhat resembles a rabona.
This moment has once again left the Madridistas awestruck and hopes are high for another stellar performance by the youngster against Barcelona in the back to back El Clasicos this week.
The young Brazilian is certainly still a work in progress but he is showing every sign to possibly be one of the very best in the near future.