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Manchester City 4-0 Real Madrid: Player Ratings



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Real Madrid collapsed to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat at the Etihad late on Sunday night and saw their hopes of a title defence come crashing down.

There was everything to play for on the night with neither team having the edge ahead of kickoff. Yet, it became clear quite early that Manchester City were the more dominant side on the night and the result is only deserving for Pep Guardiola’s men.

Los Blancos were nowhere close to the mark at Etihad and the result once again throws doubt on the continuity of Carlo Ancelotti and several players. After all, it was not just a defeat but utter humiliation.

Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from Manchester City 4-0 Real Madrid.

Thibaut Courtois: 6

The Belgian enjoyed a strong opening spell but could not do much about Bernardo Silva’s opening goal. The second goal, 14 minutes later, was a strike far too powerful for the shot-stopper.

Apart from the goals conceded, Courtois’ night was nothing short of stunning as he kept Erling Haaland at bay single-handedly at times.

Daniel Carvajal: 4

The Spanish fullback was taken for a joyride by Jack Grealish who enjoyed a special night down Real Madrid’s right flank. With his nonchalant moves and tricks, Grealish appeared to have Carvajal’s number and got the better of him with ease repeatedly.

At multiple points in the game, the right-back position appeared to be Los Blancos’ most glaring weakness. It is safe to say that Carvajal’s display was a nightmare.

Eder Militao: 5

The Brazilian had a point to prove after being awarded the start on Wednesday and provided worthy competition in the opening minutes. Intercepted the initial attempt leading to the second goal but could not do much about the follow-up. Very poor defending for the third goal that went down as an own goal.

David Alaba: 4.5

The centre-back was effective on the night but not much can be said in his favour after the team conceded two vital goals in the first half. Alaba was far from the level exhibited in the first leg and the result showed.

Eduardo Camavinga: 5

The French protege struggled to replicate his first leg showing on Wednesday night as Bernardo Silva completely slipped out of his pocket. Moreover, Kevin de Bruyne dictated the game down his flank.

Federico Valverde: 4

Struggled through the ninety minutes against Manchester City’s inspired midfield. Subpar off the ball and nothing flashy in possession.

Toni Kroos: 6

The German played 70 minutes on the night and managed a mediocre showing with no contributions in attack. Completed 92% of his passed but was completely outplayed by the likes of Gundogan and De Bruyne.

Luka Modric: 4.5

The Croatian international for once looked out of his depth as the combined quality of Man City was just too much to handle. Dished out a poor performance for his astronomical standards in both attack and defence.

Rodrygo Goes: 4

In 80 minutes, Rodrygo did not record a single shot and had just one dribble to his name. The youngster could not turn up when the pressure was the highest as he played a pale spell.

Karim Benzema: 4.5

No points or accolades for Benzema this time around, and it is safe to say that his performance deserved nothing better. Had no shots on goal despite being Real Madrid’s striker in a must-win encounter.

Vinicius Jr: 5

The Brazilian was in the spotlight after his man-of-the-match display last week but could not recreate his incredible showing. Created absolutely nothing in 90 minutes and ended up on the losing side deservedly.


Antonio Rudiger: 5

Was brought on to control the bleeding against a voracious Manchester City but could not do much to help the team’s cause.

Marco Asensio: 5

Came on for the final 20 minutes but failed to provide the X factor that Carlo Ancelotti expected of him.

Lucas Vazquez: NA

Came on too late to make a tangible impact.

Dani Ceballos: NA

Played very less to warrant a rating.

Aurelien Tchouameni: NA

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success



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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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