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Real Madrid 2-1 Getafe: Player Ratings

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After three wins on the road, Real Madrid stepped onto their home grass for the first time this season today afternoon. And, they extended their winning run to four with a 2-1 victory, thanks to Jude Bellingham’s late winner.

The game at the Santiago Bernabeu saw Los Blancos put sweat and blood tirelessly to crank open a tight defence. Jose Bordalas’ men, however, kept the hosts under pressure with their physicality and constantly got on their nerves with regular challenges.

The goalscoring on the afternoon was opened by Borja Mayoral in the eleventh minute after a moment of madness in the Real Madrid defence. Real Madrid only found a response after half-time when Joselu pounced on a half-chance to bet his first goal of the season.

As they pushed and probed for a winner – striking the woodwork twice – it was that man, Bellingham, once again, coming up with the goods with a late winner in stoppage time.

Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from Santiago Bernabeu’s first game of the season.

Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6.5

The shot-stopper was relatively undisturbed in his first start at the Bernabeu. Made a great save before the hour mark to deny Carles Alena.

Dani Carvajal: 6

The Spanish defender dished out a good showing for Los Blancos, albeit starkly different in both halves. Carvajal played the opening period in a more defensive role but ventured forward with more freedom after Nacho came on at half-time.

Came painfully close to scoring after the 60-minute mark but was unlucky to hit the post.

Antonio Rudiger: 6

Known for his brutal physicality and tackles, Rudiger met his match in Jose Bordalas’ side. Going up against La Liga’s most physical outfit, he looked far less dominant than usual.

Was lucky to get away without a red card for his dangerous challenge on Mayoral.

David Alaba: 6.5

The Austrian was shakily solid for Los Blancos. He got the job done for large parts of the game to keep Getafe out but appeared clearly out of sync with his partner, Antonio Rudiger.

Alaba was also directly involved in the mess-up that led to Mayoral’s opener. He moved to left-back in the second half after Nacho took over duties at centre-back.

Fran Garcia: 5.5

Not the best of outings. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

The left-back endured a torrid start as he was directly involved in Getafe’s opener with a horror misplaced pass. Garcia eventually regained his confidence and was better from the second half of the first period. Unlucky to not get an assist for his ball to Joselu.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 7

Starting at the heart of midfield, Tchouameni delivered a masterclass as the pivot. Firmly resisted and cut off any Getafe counters at the root while also providing key passes to crank open their defence.

Luka Modric: 8.5

The Croatian wizard earned his first start of the season at the refurbished Santiago Bernabeu and wove his magic through Bordalas’ side.

Modric was at the centre of every Real Madrid chance and even came close to scoring through a bullet header in the first half. He was the engineer who eventually managed to open up Getafe’s defence after half-time, feeding the ball into the box for Joselu’s equaliser.

Eduardo Camavinga: 8

The French prodigy was victim to many of Getafe’s challenges in the middle of the park but stood up bravely to face the adversity. Completed three key passes and one dribble in his 45 minutes.

Jude Bellingham: 9.5

The wonder boy was no less magical against Getafe than he was in his first three games for the club. Making his home debut, he was at the centre of every Real Madrid attack, especially in the first half.

Late in extra time, it was once again the newcomer who struck gold for Los Blancos to take home three points. Star signing like none other.

Bellingham impressed the Bernabeu with his composure on the ball, vision and pass precision. Completed three key passes and a dribble.

Rodrygo: 7.5

The Brazilian was inspired against Bordalas’ side but just could not find the finishing touch. Recorded three shots blocked and one shot on target while also orchestrating the build-up play in the final third.

Joselu: 8.5

Off the mark. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

On another day, Joselu would have a hat-trick against his name. Unluckily for him, he was up against one of La Liga’s most in-form goalkeepers today.

He recorded three shots on target but had one volley and a sliding shot denied by David Soria. Scored Real Madrid’s equaliser with a simple finish and was a constant threat in Getafe’s area.

Substitutes

Toni Kroos: 8.5

The German maestro came on at half-time and hit the post through a screamer just seven minutes later. He attempted to put away the rebound but was denied by David Soria.

Kroos’ introduction changed the tempo of Real Madrid’s game significantly and opened the door for him to return as a regular starter.

Nacho Fernandez: 6.5

Came on at half-time and was solid both defensively and with his distribution.

Brahim Diaz: 6

Reliable on the ball, but was not given enough space and time to weave his magic.

Lucas Vazquez: 6

A lively presence on the right wing in the final ten minutes, picking up from where Carvajal left off.

Federico Valverde: N/A

Did not play enough to warrant a rating.

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Five players who will be fixed starters for Real Madrid next season

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Following a successful campaign, Real Madrid are poised for significant changes in their roster due to a combination of player arrivals and departures.

The responsibility of blending new faces with established stars will fall to coach Carlo Ancelotti and his staff as they aim to maintain the club’s competitive edge domestically and in Europe.

And to predict the team’s probable strategy and performance amidst these changes, it is imperative to identify the key players who will be constant starters.

Kylian Mbappe

The new talisman. (Photo by ROMAIN PERROCHEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

With Real Madrid no longer viewing Mbappe through rose-tinted lenses and finally being able to dress him in the royal white jersey, the Frenchman is expected to be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Owing to his instinctive nature to find the back of the net, he is poised to be paired alongside Vinicius Jr. in attack.

Last season, the 2018 World Cup winner scored a whopping 44 goals in all competitions. Thus Real Madrid will be banking heavily on Mbappe’s ability to ask questions of opposition defenders in the final third.

It is being said that Mbappe is all set to wear the iconic number 9 jersey at Real Madrid, which is indicative of the role he will play, as a focal striker.

Vinicius Jr.

The main man at Real Madrid. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

The Brazilian is in pole position to win the Ballon d’Or this year, and looking back on his season with Real Madrid, it is easy to see why.

Despite losing Karim Benzema, his usual partner in crime over the past few years, Vinicius performed remarkably well in Ancelotti’s new system.

Relentlessly taking on defenders, arriving into space, scoring goals, and stepping up in the biggest of moments, he was one of Real Madrid’s major lynchpins throughout the season as they lifted a historic double.

Vinicius impressively racked up 24 goals last season, and given his importance to the team, the likelihood of him not maintaining a starting role next season is nearly nonexistent.

Jude Bellingham

Real Madrid Fans’ Player of the Season. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Defying all expectations in his debut season, Jude Bellingham established himself as a key player for Real Madrid, demonstrating exceptional versatility, and maturity far beyond his years.

Although the Englishman’s performances wavered in the final stretch of the season, Bellingham’s contributions ensured Los Blancos were able to compete in the Champions League and especially La Liga.

In addition to scoring 23 goals in all competitions, he has constantly been a beacon of reliability in midfield and has proven to be the voice of reason on the pitch.

There have been murmurs about Bellingham potentially being berthed deeper next season as Real Madrid intends to use him as Kroos’ replacement. However, given his versatility, he is expected to be a crucial player wherever he plays.

Antonio Rudiger

A mainstay at the back. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Rudiger is one of the major reasons Real Madrid managed to successfully disguise their injury crisis. Despite players falling like dominos in the back-line, the German stood resolutely as a dependable figure for most of the campaign, arguably enjoying one of his best seasons.

Expertly anticipating opposition strikers’ movements, he leaps forward to thwart attacks before they begin. Moreover, thanks to his large stature and incredible recovery pace, he is able to cover distances behind.

Reports have mentioned that Carlo Ancelotti views him as a crucial component of the squad and potential arrivals, such as those of Leny Yoro and Rafa Marin, in the back-line are unlikely to devalue his presence.

Thibaut Courtois

Back like he was never gone. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

In spite of spending more than half of the campaign on the sidelines recovering from an ACL and MCL injury, Courtois is worth his weight in gold for Real Madrid.

He performed admirably in the final few games of the season and did no wrong against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final.

While Andriy Lunin made up for his absence with flying colours, he is placed below Courtois in the pecking order for now, which also has made the Ukrainian lean towards an exit.

The fact that Lunin, after his sublime season, stands no chance of dethroning Courtois between the sticks is a testament to how much the club appreciates the Belgian. Even at the age of 32, the Belgian keeper is anticipated to retain an important role in the team.

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