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Any eyebrows raised when Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho signed 32-year-old Portuguese compatriot Ricardo Carvalho from Chelsea have been firmly put back into place as the centre back is proving an extremely astute purchase.
As well as helping to keep Real’s tally of goals conceded down to five in 10 La Liga matches, Carvalho has netted two key strikes, scoring the only goal against Osasuna in September and the opener in Sunday’s 2-0 Madrid derby win over Atletico.
He demonstrated his tactical nous in the lead up to his goal in the 13th minute at the Bernabeu, driving on through the static Atletico defence to pick up a loose ball and finish coolly past goalkeeper David De Gea.
“He scores his goals, two, three or four each season,” Mourinho told a news conference after the derby win, adding that Carvalho had been the league leaders’ best player on the night along with German defensive midfielder Sami Khedira.