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Real Madrid 5-3 Atletico Madrid: Player Ratings | Spanish Super Cup

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Real Madrid took on Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup semi-finals, hoping to take revenge for their only loss of the season – coming against the derby rivals.

Atletico’s form promised this to be a great game, and they did not disappoint, scoring early on through Mario Hermoso, courtesy of an Antoine Griezmann corner.

Madrid equalised through a corner of their own, with Antonio Rudiger scoring, before Ferland Mendy put them 2-1 up with a clever flick inside the box.

Griezmann found the net for Atleti’s second with a brilliant solo goal, before an own goal from Rudiger in the second half helped Diego Simeone’s men retake the lead.

Daniel Carvajal came up clutch seven minutes later, finding the top corner off ricocheted attempts from Vinicius and Jude Bellingham.

The game reached extra-time eventually, but neither time was able to find a way through, especially with Atletico sitting back with six defenders on the pitch.

Madrid did what they do best, though, scoring a goal in extra-time through Joselu, who forced an own goal from Savic.

Brahim Diaz added insult to injury as he scored in injury time for Madrid from near the half-way line when Oblak had pushed upfield.

Kepa: 6.5

Made an insane save in the first-half, but conceded from a corner that led from it. Should have perhaps done better with the first goal, and was clearly at fault for the third, missing the ball completely as it rebounded in off Rudiger.

Daniel Carvajal: 10

Kept Lino on backfoot for most of the game, covering ground brilliantly on both ends. Assisted Mendy’s goal with a lovely pass into the box, but then missed an open chance, hitting it right at Oblak. More than made up for it with a sensational finish for the third goal, and then creating the fourth. Unplayable tonight.

Antonio Rudiger: 7

Scored a brilliant header to equalise, but defended poorly for Griezmann’s goal later in the second half. Could not have done anything about the own goal. Overall a decent performance, largely boosted by the goal.

Nacho: 6.5

Cannot be blamed for either goal and was brilliant in possession, neatly distributing the ball from the back.

Ferland Mendy: 8

Llorente vs Mendy was far from interesting as either refused to properly go against each other. The Frenchman did score a brilliant goal, though, flicking in a cross from Carvajal.

Federico Valverde: 8

An absolute engine with and without the ball, Valverde kept the Madrid midfield ticking today as he made some excellent recoveries and created a couple of chances as well.

Aurlien Tchouameni: 6

Basic run-of-the-mill performance from Tchouameni. Passed the ball around well, and defended well on occasions. Was also caught out by Rodrigo de Paul and Griezmann a few times.

Luka Modric: 7.5

Got the assist for Rudiger’s goal and circulated the ball brilliantly, changing flanks whenever he could, and controlling the tempo of the game.

Jude Bellingham: 6.5

Was not as involved in the attack as much as Madrid fans would have wanted, but did a decent job of running around and showing up for the ball in the middle third when Atletico packed the midfield.

Rodrygo: 4

Missed the easiest chance of the game when he was open in front of the goal, and could not impact the game much before or after that. Was also largely responsible for Hermoso’s goal with very poor marking.

Vinicius: 8

Was having a fairly silent game for the most part, but came alive in the second half, starting with creating a stellar chance for Carvajal, that was not converted. Did brilliantly in extra time as well, attractive pressure and finding solutions.

SUBSTITUTES:

Toni Kroos: 7.5

Kroos did what Kroos does best, control the game unlike anyone else, and put Madrid on the front foot with his excellent decision-making int the middle third.

Eduardo Camavinga: 8

An absolute super-sub. Changed the tempo of the game for Madrid with his aggressive ball progression and defending.

Brahim Diaz: 7

Gave a very hard time to Mario Hermoso and came close to scoring as well, and eventually got the dagger, running past Oblak to finish in an open net.

Joselu: 7

Even though he mistimed the header from Carvajal’s cross, it forced an own goal, and he has to be credited for the same.

Dani Ceballos: N/A

Arda Guler: N/A

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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