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Real Madrid 2-0 Athletic Club: Player Ratings

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Real Madrid took on Athletic Club at Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga Matchday 30. What was expected to be a difficult game for the Whites, turned out to be a comfortable win, with Rodrygo stepping up and scoring both goals.

Here are Real Madrid’s player ratings.

Lunin: 8

Made very important saves including the volley from Iñaki Williams from the corner in the second half.

Mendy: 7

Solid in defence once more. Linked up perfectly with the midfield, especially in tight spaces, and kept Iñaki Williams silent.

Nacho: 6

Huge game aerially and with ground duels. Made great recoveries in the game.

Rüdiger: 8

One again a solid performance from the German. The leader at the back and left nothing to chance.

Kroos: 7

Great with his passing and made a number of succesful tackles.

Tchouaméni: 6

Won the most duels in the game and controlled the game in midfield. Was a great link between defence and midfield.

Bellingham: 7

Not the best performance from the Englishman all season, but his assist for Rodrygo’s second goal stands out.

Brahim: 8

Arguably Real’s best player in the first half. He created the most chances and made the most dribbles in the first 45 alone.

Rodrygo: 9

Two goals, a perfect performance and a huge statement coming off a rather disappointing spell in front of goal.

Carvajal: 7

Kept a clean sheet and caused danger for Athletics Club down the right flank. His overlapping runs opened up spaces for the midfield and attacking players

Valverde: 7

The engine on the pitch for Los Blancos. His first half effort was saved by Agirrezabala, coupled with few good runs in the final third as well.

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Lucas Vazquez talks following MVP performance vs Barcelona – ‘Speaks about our work’

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Of all players people would have expected to turn up for El Clasico today from Real Madrid, it was the backup right-back Lucaz Vazquez who delivered an absolute masterclass of a performance in their 3-2 win.

The Spaniard played Barcelona out of the park starting as the right-back, and ran circles around Joao Cancelo.

He won the penalty for the first goal, scored the equaliser in the 73rd minute, and then assisted Jude Bellingham’s winner in the 91st minute.

“Great night, like many others at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are very grateful to the fans, they created a spectacular atmosphere. We are where want to be, six points away from winning the league,” Vazquez said, as quoted by MARCA.

Coming off an exhausting 120 minutes vs Manchester City in the Champions League, not many would have expected the shift Madrid put in tonight, especially after trailing on two occasions.

“The team, despite the great effort in Manchester, showed their face again. We once again played a great game, and we did everything in our power to achieve this win that gives us the advantage in the league,” Vazquez commented on it.

Now 11 points clear off Barcelona, Madrid can almost sniff La Liga out, and according to Vazquez, it reflects their work well.

“I think this difference speaks well about our work. We had a very good season in La Liga, and we are on the right track.”

As for his own performance, the Spaniard was modest, and said, “I am very happy to be able to help the team. A lot of things went well today, and that is important for everyone”

He was asked two very important things, as well, including his possible inclusion in the 2024 European Championship, to which he replied, “I would love for Luis de la Fuente to call me up for the Euros.”

And more importantly, he also spoke about the controversial penalty incident, but claimed that it was 100% a penalty. “I cut back and his leg caught me. It was a penalty.”

Real Madrid have five days off now before they travel to the Basque county to take on Real Sociedad in the league before travelling to the Allianz Arena to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-finals.

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