Real Madrid: 5 burning questions after 1-0 win over Sevilla

Real Madrid, Toni Kroos (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane
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Real Madrid got the job done at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, taking down Julen Lopetegui’s Sevilla 1-0.

Although Zinedine Zidane isn’t out of the woods yet, if the rumor mill is to be believed, Real Madrid picked up a vital three points in La Liga on Saturday afternoon at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Coming into Matchday 12 of La Liga, Real Madrid were in fourth and just one point ahead of Sevilla in the Champions League race. So Real holding on for a 1-0 win was crucial. All that matters to Los Merengues are the three points. That their goal was an own goal and they were forced to play a low block against Sevilla, who had about 60 percent of the ball, is less relevant. At this point, a win is a win for Real. This is the state they are in.

Here are five burning questions for Real Madrid after the victory as they gear up for an even bigger fight on Wednesday night in the Champions League against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Would this effort be good enough against Borussia Monchengladbach?

That is the main question on everyone’s mind after this result. Real Madrid picked up the three points and hung on with some brave defending, as Zinedine Zidane used Casemiro as a fifth defender to keep Lucas Ocampos and Co. at bay.

But Marco Rose and Borussia Monchengladbach are a greater challenge. As we saw in the first group stage match against the Foals at the Borussia-Park, Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea provide attacking efficiency that most teams don’t have. Thuram and Plea can punish any little mistake, and their counterattacking presents problems similar to the threat Shakhtar Donetsk posed to Los Blancos twice already.

Real Madrid barely drew Gladbach in the first fixture, and that was thanks to an Eden Hazard appearance off the bench. There will be no Hazard on Wednesday night. Can Los Blancos really beat Gladbach with an own goal as they did Sevilla?