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Real Madrid 2-1 Real Betis: Player Ratings



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Having kicked off the campaign with three wins on the bounce away from home, Real Madrid went back to the Santiago Bernabeu for their clash against Real Betis.

Both Spanish champions had the chance to go top of the table, as they both came into the clash with a 100% record. At least one of them was going to slip up, and it wasn’t Madrid.

Courtesy of goals from Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes on either side of Sergio Canales’ leveler, the hosts grabbed all three points and maintained the top spot in the league.

There is now a sufficient distance between themselves and the likes of Barcelona and Atletico this early on in the campaign.

In light of Real Madrid’s victory over Betis, join Madrid Universal as we explore how each of Real Madrid’s players performed in this episode of the match ratings.

Thibaut Courtois: 7

The first half started off quite poorly for Courtois, with him conceding on his first shot. Nevertheless, he held his ground and made two more saves in the match, offering a commanding presence for his team.

Dani Carvajal: 7

In the attack, the Spaniard offered himself up as a persistent option in the right wing. Carvajal also had a decent defensive display in an overall solid afternoon.

Eder Militao: 8

The Brazilian was the recipient of hoards of criticism from the previous match. Notwithstanding, he overcame his blues and delivered one of his best-ever performances in a Real Madrid shirt.

David Alaba: 7.75

In both defence and attack, Alaba was sensational. He did commendably well at the back to stop Betis from being overly offensive, while also contributing his second goal of the current campaign.

Ferland Mendy: 7

In the left flank, Mendy did decent work. He was well positioned, and while on occasions he was ran past by Betis, he still did offer a commanding presence, especially when Madrid retook the lead.

Luka Modric: 7.25

Not one of his most dominant performances of all time, yet one hard to criticise. Modric was comfortable in all phases of play and almost grabbed a goal midway through the first half.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 8

As the weeks go by, it becomes clearer that the Frenchman is not a Casemiro replacement: he is a better player on the ball. Tchouameni was everywhere on the pitch, making decisive passes and movements.

Eduardo Camavinga: 7

While he has demonstrated better performances, Camavinga did himself a massive service by being more careful with the ball and taking calculated risks. He provoked a few fouls here and there.

Rodrygo Goes: 8

Getting used to winning goals. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Having provided some threat in the right flank in the first half (which was only limited due to Madrid’s natural tendency to play down the left), Rodrygo settled his nerves and scored yet another winner for Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.

Karim Benzema: 6

No goal, no assist, and yet another questionable performance from the best player in the world right now. He missed almost 1xG worth of chances, as flashes of his former, wasteful self were shown.

Vinicius JR: 8.5

Real Madrid’s best player this season. Vinicius is a perpetual source of threat, and is more than just a winger. He drifts into space, which is how he got his excellent goal for Madrid, and is overall more comfortable in Madrid. Four matches and a goal contributed in each one for the Brazilian phenom.


Fede Valverde: 7.5

As always, Fede Valverde was a menace. He came on and with his first touch, assisted the winner.

Toni Kroos: 6.5

While he came on to replace Camavinga, he continued to add stability in the final minutes to preserve the three points.

Dani Ceballos: 6.5

He had a number of passes here and there. Preserved stability but was not particularly inventive.

Antonio Rudiger: N/A

He played too few minutes to receive a rating.

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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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