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Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid: Player Ratings

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Saturday’s clash between Real Madrid and Sevilla was a cracker in every sense of the word. It was not one of Los Blancos’ flawless nights, but that was what made the game more tense.

The hosts at Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan were determined to take away points from the get-go as they piled pressure on Real Madrid in relentless waves. Los Merengues were left chasing for the ball, queerly enough.

Sevilla took the lead through an unfortunate Real Madrid own goal from David Alaba before Dani Carvajal equalised for the visitors minutes later. It is safe to say that the hosts created the better chances, but in the end, Carlo Ancelotti’s men got away with a point.

Madrid Universal brings you the Real Madrid player ratings from the epic clash in Seville.

Kepa Arrizabalaga: 9

The Spanish international had a busy game against an inspired Sevilla side who attacked on the break on numerous occasions. Made two vital saves in the first period including an outstretched and diving save to keep his team in the game.

Could have done better to stop Sevilla’s goal, but one cannot really blame the goalkeeper. Followed up with some phenomenal saves at the death.

Dani Carvajal: 8

Some careless defending with a mix of aggression from the veteran right-back. Carvajal was defensively solid on the night as he even pulled off a sensational clearance off the line with his head. Pummelled the ball past Orjan Nyland just three minutes after Sevilla’s opener to equalise.

Antonio Rudiger: 8

Tall, strong, and formidable in defence. Resourceful and accurate with his distribution. A performance with not much to complain about except the occasional Sevilla attack that progressed past his line and threatened Kepa.

David Alaba: 6

The Austrian made his comeback from injury as he started the clash at Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan. Formed a solid partnership alongside Rudiger. Was absolutely careless in the 73rd minute as he allowed the ball to ricochet off his head into the back of his own net.

Ferland Mendy: 6.5

The Frenchman started at left-back ahead of Fran Garcia and delivered one of his trademark performances. Above average in the defensive aspect but invisible in the final third.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 6

The French star had a busy outing in Seville, although not to the capacity he would have liked.

Tchouameni never really got into his orchestrating role on the evening as he spent large parts of the game chasing after Sevilla’s spells of possession. He had no defensive actions or key passes to show throughout his display.

Federico Valverde: 7

The Uruguayan got proceedings off to a fabulous start at Ramon Sanchez Pijzuan with a well-worked goal from a tight angle. However, it was ruled out for a mild offside.

Barring the goal, he was well-positioned, smart in his distribution, and effective on the evening. Created one big chance during his time on the field.

Toni Kroos: 7.5

The German star dictated the play for Real Madrid from a relatively deeper position, enabling Valverde and Bellingham to take charge in the final third. Was one of, if not the best player on the field for Los Blancos.

Jude Bellingham: 8

No last-minute heroics from Bellingham today. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Was once again sensational in the white colours. Bellingham even scored a goal early in the first half only to have it disallowed for offside. Beyond the rescinded goal contribution, the youngster was sublime with his touches and combination play.

Rodrygo: 5

The young Brazilian was on a mission to find his lost form but only found his struggles continuing. Rodrygo looked like a fish out of water for the better part of the opening hour as he struggled to even involved in the buildup.

His first big chance of the game arrived close to the hour mark when he perfectly controlled a ball over the top and struck it on goal. His finish was not convincing enough.

Vinicius Jr: 6.5

Largely one of Vincius’ more forgettable outings as he not only looked uninspiring but uninterested. He completed just two of his seven attempted dribbles, missed one big chance, and had two shots blocked.

Substitutes

Eduardo Camavinga: 6.5

Struggled to contain Sevilla defensively but calm in possession.

Luka Modric: 6.5

Quickly slotted in alongside Kroos as the engine of the team. Orchestrated the play with finesse but just could not crank open the hosts’ defence.

Joselu: 6.5

Minimally involved in the buildup but a constant threat in the box.

Brahim Diaz: NA

Came on too late to make an impact.

Fran Garcia: NA

Came on too late to make an impact.

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Kroos, Courtois start in a 4-3-3: How Real Madrid could lineup against Real Betis

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Having won the league comfortably after accumulating 94 points in 37 games, Real Madrid’s main objective for the last game of the season, set to go ahead tomorrow, against Real Betis, would be to finish on 97 points.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side are coming off a 4-4 draw against Villarreal last weekend, Madrid will be looking to end the domestic season with a win, which would also serve as a huge confidence boost ahead of their Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

Reports have suggested that Ancelotti is alternating his lineup ahead of the UCL final to keep his troops fit and gunning. And after rotations last week against Villarreal, all signs point towards the best XI taking the field vs Betis.

Keeping that in mind, Madrid Universal takes a jab at the 14-time Champions League winners’ final starting lineup of the season for their game against Manuel Pellegrini’s Real Betis.

Defence: Militao or Nacho?

Andriy Lunin returned to guard the posts against Villarreal, which could be a sign that Ancelotti is preparing to use Thibaut Courtois as his goalkeeper against Dortmund. As such, we expect the Belgian to handle the gloves tomorrow.

Daniel Carvajal is expected to replace Lucas Vazquez as the right-back, while Ferland Mendy returns to take over his left-back role.

Antonio Rudiger’s spot does not seem to be in any threat at all, but there are question marks over who will start alongside him, especially on the back of Eder Militao’s disastrous performance vs Villarreal.

Consequently, Nacho might get the nod tomorrow, especially since it could be his last game for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu.

Midfield: Farewell Toni

While Nacho’s future is still up in the air, Toni Kroos announced his decision to leave Madrid at the end of the season on a free transfer. He will play his final game at home tomorrow, and is expected to get a huge farewell.

Kroos’ last game in Madrid colours. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Federico Valverde will aid him in midfield, playing on the right side of the trident, while Eduardo Camavinga starts as the defensive midfielder to cover for the injured Aurelien Tchouameni.

Attack: No doubts

The attack pretty much picks itself, especially if Ancelotti is truly planning on mirroring the lineup that will likely start the Champions League final as well.

Jude Bellingham will retain his spot as the false 9, playing slightly off left as he has done more so in recent weeks.

Brazilian powerhouse Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo will get the license to start as the two forwards up top, playing in front of Bellingham.

Off the bench

Joselu will almost definitely get some minutes tomorrow, and more than likely in the Champions League final as well, especially owing to his brilliance against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.

Similarly, Ancelotti could opt to experiment with Luka Modric in midfield in the second half, especially if Tchouameni does not make it back in time to full fitness ahead of the final.

Eder Militao and Arda Guler are also in for some minutes tomorrow, with the latter on the scoresheet four time sin the last three games.

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