The fourth, and possibly the last Madrid derby of the season went underway at the Santiago Bernabeu as Atletico Madrid were hoping to a domestic treble over Real Madrid this season, having registered one win each in the Copa del Rey and La Liga.
Madrid had quite a few players out with injury for this game, including Antonio Rudiger, who was replaced by Daniel Carvajal in central defence. Aurelien Tchouameni was suspended, which paved the way for Eduardo Camavinga to start.
If that was not enough, Vinicius Jr picked up a back injury while warming up, and had to shift to the bench, with Brahim Diaz replacing him.
That worked out well enough for Carlo Ancelotti, though, as Diaz opened the scoring, albeit after some lucky deflections.
Madrid did put in an excellent shift today, and played arguably one of their best games, at least in possession, in the league. Unfortunately, Marcos Llorente’s header cancelled out their early goal as Atletico took home a point.
Andriy Lunin: 7.5
Made some solid saves to keep Real Madrid in the game, and was quick to judge and collect crosses whenever they were flung near him.
Lucas Vazquez: 7.5
A brilliant performance from the Spaniard running up and down the right flank. Did very well to link up with Diaz and Valverde, which essentially created the first goal. Could not do much about the Llorente goal.
Daniel Carvajal: 8
Playing as a makeshift centre-back, Carvajal put in quite the shift clearing chances and intercepting most of Atletico’s half-chances. Har done by Llorente’s goal.
Unlike his partner, Nacho was caught out a couple of times when Atletico countered, and was lucky that Morata did not find the net in the first half. Could be blamed for the equaliser, though.
Ferland Mendy: 6.5
A basic run-of-the-mill performance from Mendy, who did a good job defensively to cover against Marcos Llorente, but gave away the ball that turned into a superb chance for Atleti. Added little to nothing in attack, though, which meant Madrid were constantly only creating from the right.
Federico Valverde: 8
All-action as ever, Valverde was at the heart of everything Madrid tonight. Helped create Diaz’s goal, and was also a brick wall defensively when competing in duels.
Eduardo Camavinga: 7.5
Camavinga’s dynamism helped Madrid run the show in the final third as he shuffled with Kroos. Completed 100% of his first-half passes, and was much of the reason why the hosts remained unscathed.
Toni Kroos: 7.5
The beating heart of Madrid’s midfield yet again, Kroos was unplayable in possession, finding new ways out of pressure with his passes. A bit here and there defensively, though, but that is nothing new.
Jude Bellingham: 7.5
Really put his all today, racing up and down the pitch to collect the ball and start counters. Was unlucky at some points with some sketchy decisions in the box, but another impressive game for the €100 million man.
Brahim Diaz: 9
Inarguably the most lively player in the game, Diaz ran the attack, collecting passes from midfield and driving at the Atletico defence. His work ethic was rewarded, too, as the ball found a way through to him inside the box as he converted with ease.
The Spaniard then came close to scoring in the second period, too, megging Hermoso before sending his shot just wide. To think he was not even going to start initially.
Atletico did well to negate most of Rodrygo’s threat today, but the Brazilian was still very active in the final third, combining with Diaz and Bellingham with one-twos and flicks and skills. Put in quite a defensive shift, too.
Tremendous back-to-goal play from Joselu tonight, who acted as an anchor in attack, linking up brilliantly with the midfield and creating chances. Came close to scoring a couple of times, too.
Luka Modric: 6
A nice little cameo from the veteran midfielder, as he evaded pressure and retained possession as Atletico were chasing the game.
Dani Ceballos: N/A
Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla: Player Ratings
Following Barcelona’s convincing 4-0 win against Getafe yesterday, the onus was on Real Madrid to reinstate the eight-point gap between the sides as they hosted Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu today.
Lucas Vazquez opened the scoring for los blancos after ten minutes, but the goal was controversially disallowed for a foul on Youssef En-Nesyri in the build-up.
Madrid found it difficult to unlock Sevilla’s defence after that, with the first-half ending 0-0 after just one shot on target from both teams combined.
Madrid started the second 45 with more intent, creating some better scoring opportunities, but were left without success until an unbelievable effort from Luka Modric scathed the post and went in.
Sergio Ramos put in a wonderful performance on his return to the Santiago Bernabeu for Sevilla, but it was not enough as Madrid escaped with all three points and an eight-point lead on top of the table.
Andriy Lunin: 8
Was not called into action in the first-half, and was pretty much faultless in possession. But made an incredible save off Romero’s effort in the second half and was extremely proactive collecting crosses, too. Game-changing.
Lucas Vazquez: 7
Did a good job overlapping and was unlucky that his goal was disallowed. Did well to deal with Romero and Ocampos defensively.
Antonio Rudiger: 6.5
Rudiger was lucky that Romero and En-Nesyri did not convert their efforts from close range, as he often left space in behind. Went up to attack with the score at 0-0, too, but came back fruitless.
Was substituted off after 75 minutes after an mostly average display. Again, lucky that he was not punished for the space he left behind.
Ferland Mendy: 7
A few decent moves for Mendy today, but for the most part, his inability to overlap properly gave Vinicius too much to do.
Federico Valverde: 8
By far the most active midfielder today, Valverde was everywhere. Ran the show for Madrid, both in possession and stopping counter attacks before they even started. Missed the easiest chance of the game, though.
Aurelien Tchouameni: 6.5
Did his job as the 6 well, kept the game ticking and kept finding the spare man in midfield. Moved back to the defence eventually, and came away with a clean sheet.
Toni Kroos: 7
With Madrid struggling to break through Sevilla’s defence, Kroos was tasked with a lot of deep progression. Created some tame chances here and there, but failed to find properly find a man through.
Brahim Diaz: 7.5
Kept Kike Salas and Ocampos on their toes, making some tremendous solo runs from deep, but was often left without support. Created a brilliant chance for Valverde, that was scuffed.
Did not take many risks in possesion, but was crucial in Vinicius and Brahim finding space on the wing by offering support.
Vinicius Jr: 7.5
With the Sevilla defence looking very organised, the onus was on Vinicius to create something out of nothing. He attempted a few different things, including flicking the ball over players and attempting shots from distance, but all unsuccessful.
Has to be credited for the effort, though, especially with the rest of the team lacking.
Luka Modric: 8.5
Super-sub Luka Modric coming in clutch for Madrid today with his wonder goal from outside the box. Was also brilliant in possession, increasing the tempo of the game.