After a stumble against Getafe and the loss of a multitude of players such as Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Eden Hazard, Fede Valverde and others, Real Madrid managed to stay in the race for the La Liga title.
Against Cádiz, a dominant performance in the first half of Karim Benzema was enough to propel Zinedine Zidane’s men to victory and to reach the level with Atlético Madrid at the top of the table.
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Thibaut Courtois – 7.5: Another clean sheet for the Belgian goalkeeper who made three saves against Cádiz. It also managed a massive improvement in the permit completion rate (91%). He will be happy with the return of many defenders and their strong performance.
Eder Militão – 7: He continues to be in good form, while he replaces Sergio Ramos, who is definitely a confidence boost. He played all 90 minutes in two different positions and was not afraid to help in midfield or even in attack. However, he should have done better with the opening header. Completed with the completion of the 90% step, a blow, an attack and an aerial duel.
Raphael Varane – 7: One of many repatriated tonight after recovering from COVID-19. His experience in this team is another massive boost for the club. He had a strong presentation and was confident with Nacho and Militão in a back three. He finished with 95% completion of passes and three antennas won. Replaced after 61 minutes.
Nacho – 7: Another player who returned to the field and returned to what he does best. He managed to silence any threat from Cádiz with his teammates and ended the match as captain. He finished with one shot and one antenna won.
Alvaro Odriozola – 7.5: He started again with Dani Carvajal who came back and Lucas Vazquez and Ferland Mendy came out. I also had a match to remember. He managed to score his second goal for the club (903 days after the first!) From a tight angle. He could have done better with his crosses in the square. Finished with a single shot, an air gain, a key pass and an attack. Removed after 61 minutes.
Antonio Blanco – 7.5: I think a lot of fans were wondering why Blanco hasn’t played in several senior games this season. He started after coming on as a substitute against Getafe. He anticipated Cádiz’s movements very well and played the whole 90 minutes. Completed with the completion of the 93% step, a blow and an attack.
Casemiro – 8.5: Returning to the group and even without Kroos and Modric, Casemiro managed to lead the midfield of Madrid forward. (Which is not an easy task, given that the trio is often Zidane’s line). He associated well with young Blanco and was a physical presence. Finished with a single shot, an assist, a key pass, a dribble and five earned antennas
Marcelo – 7.25: He returned to the line and wore the captain’s armband for most of the match. Eager to work with the attack and propel Madrid forward, but he was not very influential. He finished with a low pass of 67%, but countered it with a key pass and five high-level teams. Replaced after 74 minutes.
Rodrygo – 7.5: I started and played a whole match for what it feels like for the first time in eternity. A decent performance, but nothing too spectacular, seems to relax in shape. Sometimes he collided with Vini Jr., which was a problem, but he often helped in the middle of the field. Finished with four photos, a dribble, an antenna and two approaches.
Karim Benzema – 9: He is at the top of the world right now. After a somewhat silent half hour, it took only 10 minutes for Benzema to allow Madrid full control of the tie. Two goals and a beautiful assist for Odriozola established the team’s victory. Now just two goals behind Lionel Messi for Pichichi (21 against 23). Finished with four photos, an aerial win, two key passes and 95% pass completion. Replaced after 74 minutes.
Come Jr. – 7: A little lucky that I regularly VAR in favor of the foul in the box to win a penalty. He showed good intentions, but still had some difficulties in making his decisions. He clashed with Rodrygo several times, which is a problem. Two dribbles ended, one air gain and one attack. Removed after 61 minutes.
Dani Carvajal – 6.5: He is recovering from an injury after being out for weeks. Handed for 30 minutes to return to the field after entering for Raphael Varane and had a good presentation. Completed with a 97% completion rate, a key pass and two approaches. It looks strong.
Marco Asensio – 6: Surprised to see him fall on the bench, but he also offered half an hour to add a bright spark to the team, but he couldn’t really do it. I would love to see him return to scoring, while the club pushes for the UCL and La Liga titles. Finished with an air gain and a key pass.
Isco – 6: He left the bench for Odriozola and entered the middle of the field with Casemiro and Blanco. He did not appear to take much action and was dispossessed three times. Completed with a 92% promotion completion rate and a key pass.
Miguel Gutierrez – 6: Handed about 15 minutes after he came for Marcelo in the back. Decent performance, not much to say. He almost got into trouble when he took a ball out of the box, but he managed to do it so well. Another young man with a lot of potential. Finished with a dribble.
Mariano Diaz – 6: Like Asensio, he would have liked to see more of Mariano during his cameo. He replaced Benzema and had 15 minutes to make an impact, but could not make the most of his chance. Caught offside too often for a player with his experience. It ended with a single shot, but with a 67% low pass.