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Real Madrid 2-1 Osasuna: Player Ratings | Copa del Rey final

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Real Madrid and Osasuna faced off at Estadio de La Cartuja late on Saturday night in the finale of the Copa del Rey. However, the clash meant more to Carlo Ancelotti’s side than the mere silverware on the line.

The Cup has been elusive to the Santiago Bernabeu in recent years but it was theirs to lose this time around. More importantly, the Merengues were chasing some vital momentum heading into the UCL semifinal tie against Manchester City.

Los Blancos stole the early lead in the final through Rodrygo and appeared to be in the driver’s seat until Osasuna’s rocket equaliser in the second period. In the end, a second goal for the Brazilian protege sealed the deal.

Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from Real Madrid 2-1 Osasuna.

Thibaut Courtois: 8

Far from a simple day in the office for Thibaut Courtois who was regularly forced into the important involvement. Made multiple saves in the first half and the early part of the second half but stood no chance against Lucas Torro’s bullet equaliser.

Daniel Carvajal: 8.5

The Spaniard dished out a top-class performance in defence for large parts and even came up clutch with a clearance off the line in the first half to deny Osasuna an equaliser. Partially to blame for the eventual goal conceded, however, as he left Abde free on the wing to deliver the assist.

Eder Militao: 8

Carried the crest with his everything on the occasion of the Copa del Rey final and put up a resilient performance against the Pamplona based-side. Completed the game with 14 defensive actions.

David Alaba: 8

The Austrian, who was initially not supposed to be fit for the cup final, started against Osasuna and had some big moments. Alaba hit the crossbar from a free-kick attempt in the first half in addition to a masterclass in distribution and some solid defensive involvements.

Eduardo Camavinga: 7

The Frenchman started on the left side of defence once again but was far from the level he showed in previous games. Looked dull in the final third on the night with some hard-fought duels being his solace.

Federico Valverde: 8

The Uruguayan was the star in midfield for Los Blancos as he not only controlled the tempo but dictated the proceedings in Luka Modric’s absence. He was immaculate with his passing accuracy and invaluable off the ball.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 8.5

The French international received a long pending start in the Cup final and showed the world why he is so highly rated. Tchouameni was splendid on the night, completing a whopping 98% of his passes and providing two key passes. Further, he had eight defensive actions.

Toni Kroos: 7

The German international had a big part to play in Real Madrid’s second goal of the night but that was just a speck in his great cup final showing. Kroos may not have been flashy with his skills or contributions, but his mere intelligence and interpretation of the game steered the team out of adversity on numerous occasions.

Rodrygo Goes: 10

The star of the night. Rodrygo Goes is a gem of the highest order and Real Madrid must do everything possible to keep him polished.

It was simply impossible to keep the youngster away from the ball and the goal against Osasuna. He saw the big occasion, stepped up and wrote his name in history as he single-handedly led the fight in the final third.

His opener in the second minute showed a special understanding of spaces and combination play while his second of the night was yet another case of being at the right place at the right time.

Karim Benzema: 8

Karim Benzema did not get on the scoresheet against Osasuna but it was not for a lack of effort. The Frenchman was a constant threat to Sergio Herrera’s goal, as he recorded one shot on target, two shots blocked and two key passes.

Vinicius Jr: 8.5

The Brazilian can boast to have created and assisted Rodrygo’s opening goal through skill and pace. His early contribution set the for the rest of his ninety minutes as he finished with a staggering eight successful and fourteen attempted dribbles.

SUBSTITUTES:

Antonio Rudiger: 7

The German replaced Tchouameni in the 70th minute. Considering that Real Madrid regained the lead seconds after he came on, his primary role on the night was to defend the lead.

Luka Modric: 7

The Croatian magician did indeed return from his hamstring injury on the night and came on for Kroos late in the game. Did not do much wrong after coming on.

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Three questions and three answers from Mallorca 0-1 Real Madrid

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Real Madrid scraped past Mallorca to secure three points on Saturday at Son Moix in what was a hard-fought game from start to finish.

Despite fielding a rotated squad, Los Blancos boasted of the momentum for large parts of the game and should have extended their lead to two or three goals with ease.

In the end, however, only a spectacular strike from Aurelien Tchouameni separated the two teams and Real Madrid maintained their lead in La Liga for the business end of the season.

More importantly, the Merengues retain the momentum on their side ahead of a do-or-die clash against Pep Guardiola’s men.

Madrid Universal brings you three questions and three answers from Mallorca 0-1 Real Madrid.

Three Answers

Ancelotti was not afraid of rotations

If Carlo Ancelotti’s pre-game press conference was anything to go by, it did not appear likely that the manager would look to make big changes for the clash against Mallorca. After all, he described it as a final and spoke at length about the importance of a win at Son Moix.

As it turns out, Ancelotti did not hesitate to shuffle his deck for the league game ahead of the second leg against Manchester City. In fact, almost his entire lineup on the night featured rotations.

Nacho Fernandez came into the lineup to partner with Antonio Rudiger at centre-back. While Mendy continued as a starter, Dani Carvajal was given a day off with Lucas Vazquez taking his place.

Aurelien Tchouameni unsurprisingly started on the night given his impending suspension for the Manchester City clash, but Toni Kroos was replaced by Luka Modric in midfield. Jude Bellingham and Federico Valverde, meanwhile, kept their places in the lineup.

Both Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo were rested in attack, and the coach deployed Joselu and Brahim Diaz in their place.

Fringe players can impress too

While none of the players who played from the opening whistle last night can be aptly called ‘fringe’, it was always an interesting opportunity to see how the backup players utilised their chance to shine.

Defensively, Nacho and Vazquez were solid as they not only held the fort with resilience but also contributed efficiently in terms of distribution and pushing forward.

Some changes worked, some did not. (Photo by JAIME REINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Luka Modric was also sensational on the evening, and rightly earned a standing ovation from Son Moix in what could be his final appearance at the venue. The Croatian star recorded three key passes created one big chance and clocked over 110 passes on the night.

Brahim and Joselu, however, were not close to as influential as one would have hoped. The duo grew into the game late in the second half, but Diaz was underwhelming in the buildup and missed a golden chance to score while the striker was abysmal in the box.

Real Madrid will head into El Clasico with their lead intact

Real Madrid’s next clash in La Liga is against arch-rivals and second-placed team Barcelona in what will be a massive game from the title race perspective.

Los Blancos had an eight-point cushion ahead of kickoff, but with the Clasico ahead, all focus was on extending the same to eleven provisionally.

After all, a slip-up against Mallorca would potentially reduce the team’s lead to five points and give Barcelona a chance to cut it to two points next weekend.

As it stands, however, Real Madrid got the job done against Javier Aguirre’s men and head into Clasico with their dominant eight-point lead intact. Needless to say, it comes as a relief ahead of a daunting clash.

Three Questions

How much will Los Blancos miss Aurelien Tchouameni midweek?

Having failed to secure an advantage in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have everything to fight for at the Etihad Stadium midweek.

To come out on top at the opposition’s fortress will be far from easy, more so when one considers that Los Blancos will be without Aurelien Tchouameni on the night.

The Frenchman’s early booking against Pep Guardiola’s side saw him guarantee his absence for the decisive reverse fixture. Considering that he was the manager’s top choice to partner Antonio Rudiger in defence, his absence brings Ancelotti a dilemma.

Tchouameni’s masterclass against Mallorca which not only included a stunning winner but also showcased his mastery in possession, calm defensive presence and expert distribution does not help the manager’s cause.

Real Madrid have not lost a single game this season when the Frenchman has started, and their only two losses of the season came when he was unavailable as a starter. Needless to say, Ancelotti has a big void to fill in the team come Wednesday.

Should Real Madrid be worried over Jude Bellingham?

Jude Bellingham’s performance against Manchester City was not half as bad as propagated by the media. Yet, the player has only himself to blame for the same for he set the bar very high with his phenomenal start to the season.

Not firing on all cylinders. (Photo by JAIME REINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Last night, the English phenom started once more for Los Blancos and dished out another decent performance. However, there is a feeling that he is missing the presence in the box that he had in the first half of the season.

Ahead of what is their biggest game of the season, Ancelotti would have hoped for his star man to deliver a statement performance.

His inability to hit the same peaks, however, could become a headache for the coach, especially with quality options like Brahim Diaz also vying for a spot in the lineup.

Is Eder Militao really ready?

There is a significant discussion going around in Madrid over Ancelotti’s backing of Eder Militao to start against Manchester City midweek. In fact, the manager did not deny the possibility of speaking in a recent press conference.

The equation, in that sense, does not add up, for Militao does not appear to be fit enough to start in a game of such proportions. Last night against Mallorca as well, Ancelotti brought the Brazilian on in stoppage time, and there is no possible way he will start the team’s next game.

Heading into the clash against Manchester City, Ancelotti’s best hope, thus, would be to rely on Nacho in defence. Any claim of using Militao in the position would appear to be nothing but mere games of the mind.

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