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Villarreal 2-1 Real Madrid: Player Ratings



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Real Madrid dropped three points away to Villarreal on Saturday night to give Barcelona leeway in the title race. The curse of La Ceramica continued as the men in white have now not won in their last six appearances in the ground.

The visitors never settled into the game and were persistently frustrated and uncomfortable by Quique Setien’s tactics. The Yellow Submarines presses relentlessly on the night, forcing Los Blancos into repeated errors.

There is no question as to which team was superior at Estadio de La Ceramica, for Villarreal dished out a performance for the ages. In all honesty, a 2-1 defeat will come as music to Carlo Ancelotti’s ears.

Yeremy Pino opened the scoring for the hosts early in the second period before Karim Benzema equalised from the penalty spot 13 minutes later.

Setien’s men did not have to wait long to regain their lead, as Gerard Moreno scored from the spot just a minute later.

Madrid Universal brings you the ratings of Real Madrid players from the devastating display on Saturday night.

Thibaut Courtois: 6

The Belgian International was continuously under pressure in the opening half and had to be constantly alert, with Villarreal dominating the play and creating waves of chances. His big moment in the opening half came in the 23rd minute when he threw himself at the ball to save Gerard Moreno’s strike.

Courtois was not to blame for Villarreal’s opener, for he was unpleasantly exposed by his defence. Made one more critical save from inside the box in the second period.

Eder Militao: 7

Militao was deployed as a right-back by Carlo Ancelotti on the night. Despite being played out of position, he was arguably the team’s best player in the first half. Not only did he stay solid in defence but also made valuable runs into the opponents’ final third to threaten on goal.

Antonio Rudiger: 7

Rudiger put up a brave display under pressure and kept his cool even in one vs one situations. He made three clearances, two interceptions, one tackle and won four duels on the night.

In the 74th minute, he single-handedly walled off Samuel Chuckwueze from goal in a pressure cooker situation to ensure the score stayed 2-1.

David Alaba: 5.5

The Austrian International suffered in the opening period and was often caught wrong-footed and out of position. Alaba was uncomfortable against the Yellow Submarines’ high press and struggled to play out from the back.

Seconds after Karim Benzema’s equaliser, the former Bayern Munich man conceded a penalty that gifted back Villarreal the lead. It was unfortunate, however, as the ball struck his hand while he was falling to the ground and attempting to support himself.

Ferland Mendy: 4

Mendy once again exemplified why Real Madrid’s concerns at left-back are warranted as he recorded just four recoveries and two duels won during his time on the field.

His lowest point on the night came immediately after the restart when he gave the ball away poorly to Gerard Moreno. His misplaced pass triggered the opposition’s counter-attack which resulted in the opening goal. Mendy was eventually replaced by Rodrygo in the 64th minute.

Toni Kroos: 8

Even on the team’s worst night, Kroos dished out a special performance. The German completed close to 96% of his passes and provided one key pass against Villarreal.

Further, he made seven accurate long balls from as many attempts and was at the heart of every Real Madrid attack throughout the game.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 3

Not good enough. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Suffered and toiled through his hour on the field, Tchouameni was completely outclassed and outperformed by Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin at La Ceramica. As the pivot, he failed to retain possession and played timid against Villarreal’s high press.

Luka Modric: 3

Completed just 78% of his passes on the night, made no key passes and lacked his usual creative edge. Completed three out of five attempted long balls but did not have much more to contribute. A rare off night for the Croat.

Federico Valverde: 6

The Uruguayan did not do much wrong but lost the possession rather easily on a few occasions. Meanwhile, he also completed 91% of his passes, provided one key pass, created a big chance and made four vital clearances.

Karim Benzema: 8

Benzema was one of the few Real Madrid players on song at La Ceramica, providing two key passes and creating two big chances. He also recorded two shots on the night, one of which was on target.

The Frenchman failed to put the ball into an open goal in the 55th minute but was lucky that an unfortunate error from Juan Foyth gifted him a penalty immediately after. The Ballon d’Or winner made no mistake, burying the ball past Pepe Reina.

Vinicius Jr: 5

The Brazilian International was constantly frustrated by Foyth on the night, who denied him any comfort on the left wing. He missed a big chance in the first half but also recorded two key passes.

He lost possession a whopping 16 times on the night, and it is safe to say that Vinicius was far from his dangerous self.


Lucas Vazquez: 4

The Spaniard came on at the hour mark and took over from Eder Militao at right-back, allowing his teammate to move back to a central position. Did not err, but did nothing flamboyant.

Rodrygo Goes: 5.5

Called upon by the manager when the team desperately needed a goal, the Brazilian came as a whiff of fresh air and posed a constant threat on goal. In less than 25 minutes, he took two shots, missed one big chance and made one key pass.

Eduardo Camavinga: 4

Helped improve the tempo of Real Madrid’s game and did not suffer as much under Villarreal’s relentless pressure.

Marco Asensio: NA

Came on too late to warrant a rating.

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Euro 2024: Rating every Real Madrid player’s performance at the tournament



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The UEFA Euro 2024 came to an end last night with Spain being crowned the champions of Europe thanks to a 2-1 victory over England in Berlin.

Considering how well La Roja played throughout the tournament and their performance in the finals on Sunday night, they were the deserved winners of the trophy.

With Spain lifting the trophy, Real Madrid veteran defender Dani Carvajal added another title to his already successful campaign finishing 2023/24 as a La Liga, Champions League, and EURO winner.

Nacho and Joselu, who were still contracted with Real Madrid when the Euro started, joined Carvajal on that list while Jude Bellingham finished on the losing side.

Real Madrid had a total of 13 players representing them at the Euros in Germany and not all managed to make a solid impression. Here are how the Merengues’ stars fared at the European Championships.


Dani Carvajal: 8/10

The Spanish right-back was one of the stars of the show at the Euros, playing an integral role in La Roja’s success. Carvajal kicked off his first Euro with a goal in the opening game against Croatia and continued to be a reliable player for Spain both in defence and attack.

Carvajal forged a strong partnership with Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal on the right flank and even played a key role in the team’s opening goal against England in the final.

Nacho: 6/10

Technically no longer a Real Madrid player, Nacho was still contracted with the club when the Euros kicked off. Starting in the opener against Croatia, he helped Spain to a clean sheet against Croatia.

The veteran defender also put in solid shifts in the quarter-final and semi-final ties against Germany and France, respectively and helped see out the game against England last night.

Joselu: N/A

Behind the likes of Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal in the pecking order, Joselu, who left Real Madrid at the end of June, played just 90 minutes across two games.


Jude Bellingham: 6.5/10

Failed to deliver. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Having enjoyed a dream season with Real Madrid, Jude Bellingham was unable to replicate those performances for England.

While he did score two crucial goals, including a stunning bicycle kick to keep his team alive against Slovakia, and assisted Cole Palmer’s strike in the finals, his overall display left a lot to be desired.


Kylian Mbappe: 6/10

Real Madrid’s newest acquisition, all eyes were on Mbappe heading into the Euros. And even though France made it as far as the semi-finals, the 25-year-old failed to live up to the expectations with a nose injury impacting his displays.

Mbappe finished the tournament with a solitary goal and two assists, but as he admitted after the defeat to Spain, his Euro will go down as a failure.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 6/10

Making a return from injury during the tournament, the Real Madrid midfielder was a solid presence in the centre of the park for France alongside N’Golo Kante without really standing out a great deal.

The 24-year-old provided strength and stability in midfield for Les Bleus and even tried to get upfield in matches. But his shooting from distance was way off the mark.

Not up to the mark. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Eduardo Camavinga: 5/10

Starting just one of France’s six games and featuring as a substitute in three more, Eduardo Camavinga was not a major presence for Didier Deschamps’ side at the Euros which came as a surprise.

The Real Madrid starlet did show glimpses of quality when he did get a chance but not enough for him to make an impact.

Ferland Mendy: N/A

Having made a return to the France setup for the first time since 2022, Mendy did not play a single minute at the Euros, with former Real Madrid left-back, Theo Hernandez being preferred by the manager.


Antonio Rudiger: 7/10

Carrying on from where he left off for Real Madrid, Rudiger was a solid presence at the heart of the German defence at the Euros in his homeland.

Came up against some tricky forwards throughout the hosts’ quarterfinal run but did well to hold his own, but was guilty of losing Mikel Merino for Spain’s goal that eliminated Germany.

Toni Kroos: 6.5/10

It was not a fairytale ending for Kroos, who waved goodbye to his international career with a forgettable display against Spain during which he could have been easily sent off for the array of fouls he committed.

Prior to that, however, Kroos was instrumental for Germany in their run until the quarterfinals, stringing play together from the centre of the park.


Arda Guler: 7/10

Arda Guler made a good impression at the Euros. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

One of the breakout stars of the Euros, Arda Guler showcased his talent and potential, helping Turkey to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

The 19-year-old started off with a wonder-goal against Georgia and also added two assists to his tally in his first major tournament, following in the footsteps of greats like Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney. A bright future awaits.


Luka Modric: 6/10

Unlike recent years, Luka Modric’s Croatia were unable to get past the group stages, with the veteran midfielder finishing the tournament with a goal from under 240 minutes.


Andriy Lunin: 2/10

Started the tournament as Ukraine’s No. 1 against Romania but made costly errors that saw him lose his place in the starting XI. Did not feature again after the opener as his team crashed out of the group stages.

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