Back to back draws meant that Real Madrid could ill afford to slip up again at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as Levante came to town for a lunchtime kick-off, just like last year when Levante ran out winners on the road.
Karim Benzema opened the scoring with a six-minute brace with his usual poacher’s instinct, whilst Casemiro also secured a rare goal in a free-flowing move. It was no so easy in the second half for the hosts though, as Borja Mayoral, playing for his loan club against his parent club, and Gonzalo Melero looked to mount a comeback.
A midfield injury crisis left Zidane with a hole to fill in defence and he opted for James Rodríguez to come into the side to do so. In attack, Eden Hazard was reserved for the bench for what would be his debut as a substitute for the La Liga side.