Real's offensive mastery
For the first official match of the season, Carlo Ancelotti has decided to renew the same 11 victorious holder against Liverpool last June at the Stade de France, leaving rookies Aurélien Tchouaméni and Antonio Rudiger on the bench.
A decision that has highlighted the automatisms created for several seasons.
The people of Madrid have achieved a real offensive recital.
Beyond the victory and the efficiency of their animation, it was the cleanliness and accuracy of the passes that amazed the supporters of the Olympiastadion in Helsinki.
More than 60% possession with an 89% pass rate: the trio carried by Benzema (scorer in the 66th) oiled a collective machine that is still dominating and experienced, well helped by the usual trident in the middle with Kroos, Casemiro and Modric.
Frankfurt tried, Courtois stopped
Oliver Glasner's players were not unworthy, especially in the first half hour when they were enterprising to create interesting opportunities through beautiful and solid collective actions.
Unfortunately for the Adlers, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has already put on his Belgian wall costume for Real's first official meeting.
He stopped Lindström's shot face-to-face (12th), before doing it again a few minutes later in front of Kamada (14th).
The Belgian international also disgusted Knauff shortly before the break (23rd).
Courtois never rested on his laurels remaining on the lookout in the second half.
Lindström spoils German intentions
Despite good attempts to doubt the Madrid monster, Frankfurt lacked realism, especially in the last gestures.
A man symbolizes this lack of efficiency in attack, the Dane Jesper Lindström made good breakthroughs but too often missed his shot or his pass on the wire.
Reported offside in the 12th, during his failed face-to-face in front of Courtois, Lindstrom was never really dangerous.
In the 50th, he went alone on the counter-attack with a golden chance of equalizing.
Failing to give the ball quickly to Kolo Muani (entered the game) unmarked, the young 22-year-old hesitated too much before losing the ball.
Against Real Madrid, this kind of failure is very expensive, moreover, the opportunities were present and clear for the German formation until the opening of the score of Alaba.
Despite two good saves (36th and 55th), Kevin Trapp is largely at fault on the two goals conceded by Frankfurt.
On Alaba's opener, he is attracted by Benzema's header and completely misses his exit, leaving the cages empty.
During the goal of Karim Benzema (66th), the German remains passive in front of his line, missing his dive on the strike of the French yet not so powerful.
He could clearly have done better, especially during the miracle rescue of his defender Tuta (17th) after yet another hesitant exit from the former Parisian.