REAL MADRID cherry picked a tactic straight from the Bournemouth playbook in their recent win against Paris Saint-Germain.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men sealed their place in the Champions League quarter-finals after beating Les Parisiens 3-1 at the Bernabeu last week.
Karim Benzema stole the show thanks to his second half hat-trick, but they almost scored from a fantastic team move just seconds into the match from kick-off.
It was a move inspired by Bournemouth, who found the back of the net using the same play during December’s 1-1 away draw at Fulham.
Dominic Solanke scored within seconds of the second half kicking off which silenced the home crowd at Craven Cottage.
Emiliano Marcondes played a quick one-two with Lewis Cook, before finding Danish compatriot Philip Billing, who lofted a ball over the top to Solanke, who had sprinted from the half-way line.
And Real had obviously watched their tactic as they deployed it against PSG, with the move almost coming off.
In a near identical play, Luka Modric combined with Toni Kroos, with the Croatian laying off the ball to right-back Dani Carvajal.
He then looked to play in winger Vinicius Jr, who had made a darting run in from the wing.
But the pass was just overhit as Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma came out quick to claim the through ball.
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Fans were quick to point out the two moves, as one user tweeted: “Real Madrid copying Bournemouth’s kick-off routine. If only Real were as good as Bournemouth.”
Another commented: “Bournemouth shaping the future of football, you love to see it.”
A third added: “Bournemouth did it better.”
This supporter then joked: “Probably the only thing we’ll do better than Real this season.”
Meanwhile one simply stated: “Real Madrid clearly need more practice.”
Another quipped: “Copyright infringement surely?”