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Real Madrid 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Player Ratings

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On the back of what has, for the most part, been an underwhelming preseason, Real Madrid made the trip to Finland to face Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Super Cup. The tournament has no real implications for the coming season but is a pleasant way to usher in the new campaign.

Despite the lack of risk involved, Carlo Ancelotti played a full-strength team against the Europa League winners. Individual quality got the goal in the first half, but tactical adjustments helped Los Blancos go all the way in the second period.

Inspired by David Alaba and Karim Benzema, Madrid clinched the first trophy of the new season in a 2-0 victory. In light of Los Blancos’ first trophy of the season, join Madrid Universal as we explore each player’s individual performances in this episode of the match ratings.

Thibaut Courtois: 7.5

The Belgian started the season with a clean sheet. Unlike the Champions League final, he was relatively undisturbed, only coming in to keep out a handful of attempts from the reigning Europa League winners.

Dani Carvajal: 7

Carvajal had a relatively solid, albeit quiet, evening at right-back. The Spaniard made a few interceptions along the way and kept his rivals quiet through most of the game.

Eder Militao: 7

While Militao was comfortable for most of the match, his unattentiveness was at the heart of a concession of chances by Real Madrid in the first half. After the half-hour mark, his positioning improved, and the chances awarded to the Germans naturally decreased.

David Alaba: 8

Right place at the right time. (Photo by JUSSI NUKARI/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty Images)

In addition to an overall calm evening in defence, Alaba opened the scoring with possibly the most straightforward goal he could ever score in his career.

Ferland Mendy: 6

Mendy was far from the best player on the pitch; however, it is not as though he did a lousy job. His movements off the ball helped to create some goalscoring opportunities for Los Merengues, and defensively he was decent.

Toni Kroos: 8.5

Kroos had one of his best performances of the year. His long balls into the final third created danger for Frankfurt from deep. He was unlucky not to have scored on the volley in the second half.

Casemiro: 9

Casemiro was the best performer on the night. He was basically everywhere on the pitch. The Brazilian took care of defensive tasks as though it were the order of the day and did it all with relative ease.

Frankfurt did not have a chance to take a breath in his vicinity. Bar that, he did get an assist and rattled the crossbar in the second half.

Luka Modric: 7

While this was not Modric’s best game, he was far from mediocre. His passing kept the game going, and given he did not lose possession frequently, his participation helped the team keep stability.

Vinicius Jr: 8

Throughout the match, Vinicius dominated his wing. He combined effortlessly with Karim Benzema, provided him with an assist, and could have had his own goal in the first half, only for it to be saved by Kevin Trapp.

Karim Benzema: 8

After a relatively quiet first half, Benzema imposed himself in the second period and even got a goal of his own. The Frenchman’s performance made it such that the forward players always had an option in the final third.

Fede Valverde: 7.5

It is hard to convince anybody that Valverde isn’t a machine because the man simply does not tire out. He constantly interfered with Frankfurt’s attempts at ball progression by being in the right place at the right time.

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Rodrygo Goes: 6

While the Brazilian attempted to get into the game, his teammates did not play at his wavelength. He had dribbles which were not aided by the lack of runners in the team.

Eduardo Camavinga: 6

There is little he could do given the gametime; however, he recorded a high passing accuracy and pressed well when opportunities arose.

Dani Ceballos: N/A

Was not on the pitch for long enough to receive a rating.

Antonio Rudiger: N/A

Came on too late to warrant a rating.

Aurlien Tchouameni: N/A

Came on for his debut, did not play long enough.

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Three talking points ahead of Real Madrid vs Osasuna

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After a two-week hiatus from club football, Real Madrid return to action on Sunday night in a home game against Osasuna. The league leaders have been unstoppable so far this season, and the objective at the Bernabeu will be to keep their fine form going.

Jagoba Arrasate’s side have enjoyed a positive start to the season with four wins in six games so far. The Pamplona-based side sit sixth in the league standings ahead of the likes of Villarreal and Atletico Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti will make several changes in his starting lineup on the night – some forced and some out of choice. Madrid Universal brings you three talking points ahead of Los Blancos’ weekend clash.

1. Time to kick in the nitros

Real Madrid have been flawless this season and are the only club in the European top-flight to have not dropped a single point. While their start to the season has been nothing short of a fairytale, one wonders how long they can keep the magical streak going.

The month of October brings with it one of the most hectic schedules the club has seen in recent years. Over the next 30 days, Los Blancos play nine games across all competitions. In short, the equation boils down to a game every three days.

To come out on top in all nine games will require a superhuman effort from the Real Madrid players, but one knows well that the squad is capable of it. The team are in a strong headspace, and injecting the right amount of fuel at this point could propel their throttle and see them weather the storm.

A job well begun is half done, and Carlo Ancelotti will hope that his men can make a strong start to the month on Sunday night.

2. Coping without Modric

Godric. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

The FIFA International break has been cruel to clubs across the globe, with several key players returning injured and facing several weeks on the sidelines. The story for Real Madrid is no different.

Luka Modric played every minute of Croatia’s two friendlies in the last two weeks and even scored a goal in their 3-1 win over Austria. However, he suffered an injury to his hip and faces 8-10 days on the sidelines.

The veteran, at 37 years of age, has arguably been Real Madrid’s best player this season. In eight games, he has scored two goals and provided one assist for Los Blancos and continues to show the world why he is one of the best the game has seen.

Modric is expected to return for the Clasico in two weeks. However, one cannot help but wonder how Ancelotti compensates for such a big void.

It has been reported that the manager sees Dani Ceballos as the ideal man for the job. The 26-year-old impressed when given the start against Mallorca earlier this season, making four key passes and bagging one assist. Now, he could have his moment and a chance to prove his worth to the manager.

In Modric’s absence, Ceballos could start alongside Aurelien Tchouameni and Toni Kroos in the middle of the park. With Eduardo Camavinga quickly climbing up the pecking order, the 26-year-old must make the most of his chance on Sunday to secure a place in the coming games.

3. The return of the gladiator

After a slow start to the season, Karim Benzema bounced back with a brace against Espanyol on Matchday three. Just when it seemed like he had found his stride, however, he suffered a thigh injury and was ruled out for close to three weeks.

While the team found alternate sources of goals in his absence, it was clear that Los Blancos lacked a dominant presence in the box in recent weeks. With Benzema’s recovery close to complete, all eyes will be on him to see if he can find his feet again.

In his pre-match press conference, Ancelotti confirmed that the French international would start on Sunday though it is unlikely that he will play all 90 minutes. Nevertheless, this comes as a big relief to Real Madrid, given that they have no natural replacement for the centre-forward.

The captain will look to make a statement on his return on Sunday and will likely be deployed alongside Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo.

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