I was not impressed by James or Kroos. I am still not sold on the purchase of James, but it is wayyyyyyy to early to make an actual judgement there. Kroos, I thought was entirely anonymous in defense, and I felt similarly to Modric who I thought had a terribad game. Isco made a fantastic case for why he is a tremendous player to have in the squad and I hope Carlo rewards him for a solid performance. Our fullbacks didn't look great, but it was mostly because they were being stretched by the lack of help from the midfield. If we play with 3 CM's they need to all be industrious. Benzema continues to frustrate as a lone goal scorer, with Bale not ready to step up to Ronaldo levels- Benzema is a liability in certain line-ups. I hope those Negredo rumors have some teeth to them.
Not a catastrophe, but disappointing to lose a game that we should have walked away with... especially after just how pretty Bale's goal was.