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Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid: Player Ratings | La Liga

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Saturday’s El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona lived up to every ounce of hype showered on it. With 22 of the world’s best players on the field in a gargantuan tussle, the quality of the game was never in question.

Barcelona began the game on the front foot, controlling and dictating the play through the first period. They even took the early lead on the day through Ilkay Gundogan, piling the pressure on Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Real Madrid, however, walked out of the dressing room with renewed determination in the second period. After 15 minutes of relentless pressing and attacking intent, they equalised through Jude Bellingham and set up for an exciting finish.

In the end, Real Madrid’s English sensation struck another goal in stoppage time to give his side all three points. An absolute thriller.

Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from the season’s first Clasico.

Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6

The Spaniard showed slight nerves in his first Clasico with some questionable distribution throughout the game. Could not do much about Barcelona’s opener, but could have been better with his long balls. Made a big save to deny Araujo in the second half.

Daniel Carvajal: 8

Easily Real Madrid’s best defender on the day, Carvajal was the only one who looked reassuring with his moves. He struggled to contain Alejandro Balde and Joao Felix at times but made crucial interceptions to deny Joao Felix and Fermin Lopez in the first half.

Moreover, he was the only player providing width down Real Madrid’s right flank and did so to good effect.

Antonio Rudiger: 7.5

Solid, reassuring, and alert in defence, Rudiger held Real Madrid’s fortress single-handedly at times. Yet, he holds part of the blame for the first goal conceded.

David Alaba: 6

The Austrian international was far from his best at Montjuic. His weak interception fed the ball to Ilkay Gundogan’s feet for Barcelona’s opener, but that was not the only time he was defensively exposed in the game.

Ferland Mendy: 6

While Mendy was decent with his distribution, he did not contribute much to Los Blancos buildup or press against Barcelona. Virtually absent in attack, thereby reducing the width of Real Madrid’s play in the final third. Came off early in the second half.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 7

Was unfortunate for his touch to end up as the reason behind Barcelona’s opener, but the Frenchman was amongst those who failed to track back.

Apart from the blatant error, Tchouameni was decent in defence and came close to scoring with a belter of a shot from distance.

Federico Valverde: 7.5

The Uruguayan was at the heart of every Real Madrid counter and worked like a machine down the right flank. Combined well with Carvajal to create danger on the flank and effectively switched the play to catch the hosts off guard.

Top performers. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Toni Kroos: 8

The German maestro was on song but put under serious pressure by Barcelona’s midfield numbers. Yet, the midfielder was the one orchestrating the visitors’ play and looking towards the goal with the long shot.

Completed the game with two key passes and one shot blocked as he made his way off the field at the hour mark.

Jude Bellingham: 10

Was quiet for the better part of his first Clasico, tightly marked by Barcelona’s Gavi. With no balls being played through the lines, he was forced to drop deeper and collect the ball.

He stepped up, and in grand style in the 68th minute. Fired a sensational strike to beat Ter Stegen and equalise the score.

Was once again on the money in the penultimate minute as he scored a fine goal to gift his side the win. What a signing.

Vinicius Jr: 6.5

The Brazilian was frustrated by Ronald Araujo in the first half, for the Uruguayan barely allowed him to breathe in El Clasico. He was constantly marked and struggled to wriggle away.

Rodrygo Goes: 6.5

The Brazilian was one of the lone attackers for Real Madrid for long tracts in the game, especially considering how Los Blancos spent spells chasing after the ball. Created some threat with his off-the-ball runs but was largely neutralised by Barcelona’s centre-halves.

Created a more tangible threat in the second half but was taken off early for Joselu.

SUBSTITUTES

Eduardo Camavinga: 7

Came on to replace Mendy as the left-back, presumably to add punch to Real Madrid’s attack. Did so with perfection, for Los Blancos’ attacking prowess almost instantly improved after his introduction.

Joselu: 5

Replaced Rodrygo at the hour mark but did not create much of a presence in Barcelona’s box.

Luka Modric: 7.5

Modric came on and stole the show. The Croatian ran the show in midfield for the final 20 minutes as his balls over the top constantly menaced the Blaugranas.

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  1. Martin

    October 28, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    The game changed when Modric came on! The old man is still the best midfield maestro in the world!

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Euro 2024: Rating every Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament

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The UEFA Euro 2024 came to an end last night with Spain being crowned the champions of Europe thanks to a 2-1 victory over England in Berlin.

Considering how well La Roja played throughout the tournament and their performance in the finals on Sunday night, they were the deserved winners of the trophy.

With Spain lifting the trophy, Real Madrid veteran defender Dani Carvajal added another title to his already successful campaign finishing 2023/24 as a La Liga, Champions League, and EURO winner.

Nacho and Joselu, who were still contracted with Real Madrid when the Euro started, joined Carvajal on that list while Jude Bellingham finished on the losing side.

Real Madrid had a total of 13 players representing them at the Euros in Germany and not all managed to make a solid impression. Here are how the Merengues’ stars fared at the European Championships.

Spain

Dani Carvajal: 8/10

The Spanish right-back was one of the stars of the show at the Euros, playing an integral role in La Roja’s success. Carvajal kicked off his first Euro with a goal in the opening game against Croatia and continued to be a reliable player for Spain both in defence and attack.

Carvajal forged a strong partnership with Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal on the right flank and even played a key role in the team’s opening goal against England in the final.

Nacho: 6/10

Technically no longer a Real Madrid player, Nacho was still contracted with the club when the Euros kicked off. Starting in the opener against Croatia, he helped Spain to a clean sheet against Croatia.

The veteran defender also put in solid shifts in the quarter-final and semi-final ties against Germany and France, respectively and helped see out the game against England last night.

Joselu: N/A

Behind the likes of Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal in the pecking order, Joselu, who left Real Madrid at the end of June, played just 90 minutes across two games.

England

Jude Bellingham: 6.5/10

Failed to deliver. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Having enjoyed a dream season with Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham was unable to replicate those performances for England.

While he did score two crucial goals, including a stunning bicycle kick to keep his team alive against Slovakia, and assisted Cole Palmer’s strike in the finals, his overall display left a lot to be desired.

France

Kylian Mbappe: 6/10

Real Madrid’s newest acquisition, all eyes were on Mbappe heading into the Euros. And even though France made it as far as the semi-finals, the 25-year-old failed to live up to the expectations with a nose injury impacting his displays.

Mbappe finished the tournament with a solitary goal and two assists, but as he admitted after the defeat to Spain, his Euro will go down as a failure.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 6/10

Making a return from injury during the tournament, the Real Madrid midfielder was a solid presence in the centre of the park for France alongside N’Golo Kante without really standing out a great deal.

The 24-year-old provided strength and stability in midfield for Les Bleus and even tried to get upfield in matches. But his shooting from distance was way off the mark.

Not up to the mark. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Eduardo Camavinga: 5/10

Starting just one of France’s six games and featuring as a substitute in three more, Eduardo Camavinga was not a major presence for Didier Deschamps’ side at the Euros which came as a surprise.

The Real Madrid starlet did show glimpses of quality when he did get a chance but not enough for him to make an impact.

Ferland Mendy: N/A

Having made a return to the France setup for the first time since 2022, Mendy did not play a single minute at the Euros, with former Real Madrid left-back, Theo Hernandez being preferred by the manager.

Germany

Antonio Rudiger: 7/10

Carrying on from where he left off for Real Madrid, Rudiger was a solid presence at the heart of the German defence at the Euros in his homeland.

Came up against some tricky forwards throughout the hosts’ quarterfinal run but did well to hold his own, but was guilty of losing Mikel Merino for Spain’s goal that eliminated Germany.

Toni Kroos: 6.5/10

It was not a fairytale ending for Kroos, who waved goodbye to his international career with a forgettable display against Spain during which he could have been easily sent off for the array of fouls he committed.

Prior to that, however, Kroos was instrumental for Germany in their run until the quarterfinals, stringing play together from the centre of the park.

Turkey

Arda Guler: 7/10

Arda Guler made a good impression at the Euros. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

One of the breakout stars of the Euros, Arda Guler showcased his talent and potential, helping Turkey to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

The 19-year-old started off with a wonder-goal against Georgia and also added two assists to his tally in his first major tournament, following in the footsteps of greats like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. A bright future awaits.

Croatia

Luka Modric: 6/10

Unlike recent years, Luka Modric’s Croatia were unable to get past the group stages, with the veteran midfielder finishing the tournament with a goal from under 240 minutes.

Ukraine

Andriy Lunin: 2/10

Started the tournament as Ukraine’s No. 1 against Romania but made costly errors that saw him lose his place in the starting XI. Did not feature again after the opener as his team crashed out of the group stages.

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