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Player Ratings: Real Madrid 0 – 4 Barcelona; 2022 La Liga

All eyes were on Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI and the player who would replace Karim Benzema ahead of the Premier League Clasico against Xavi’s in-form Barcelona side. Fede Valverde slotted in on the right wing and Rodrygo Goes was the man chosen to replace Benzema as the number one. new. It was a makeshift lineup with the intention of pressing high, but it failed on every level. Real Madrid packed the midfielder with a numerical superiority but still looked a short man, they were toothless in attack, and Xavi’s men went wild at the Bernabeu. It was a humiliating loss for Los Blancos with almost every blackshirt player having a night off. Full player ratings below:

Thibaut Courtois—8.5: One of the few salvageable players from defeat. He made more than one scoreless save in that game. Without Thibaut, this match could have seen 6 or 7 goals, all for Barça. The Belgian made 6 saves, all from shots that came into his own 18-yard box.

Dani Carvajal—1: It’s been a sad and rapid decline for Dani Carvajal. The academy graduate hasn’t been up to the level required to be a Real Madrid right-back and his struggles were on display again tonight with Ferran Torres and Pedri playing with ease on the Madrid right.

Eder Militao—1: The Brazilian’s worst performance in a Real Madrid shirt. Played erratically and uncontrollably. Aubameyang beat him to the ball on Barcelona’s first goal and the Brazilian was then beaten to the ball by Araujo on the second goal via a corner. of the match, he looked like he had given up – not the attitude or application expected of a Real Madrid player.

David Alaba—3: Played a role in the first two goals conceded. Strangely, both Militao and Alaba opted to try to get Dembele’s cross with their foot rather than their head. The Austrian played better in the second half as a left-back, managing 1 key pass and a real shot on target for Madrid.

Nacho—1: A night to forget for the position of captain. Dembele burned the makeshift full-back on the opening goal and got on with the defender for most of the evening. Nacho offered next to nothing in attack, instead playing the ball out of bounds on more than one occasion.

Casemiro—4: Struggled with the movement of the Barcelona midfielder and was constantly dragged out of position by De Jong. He still had some solid tackles and finished the game with 2 key assists – more to note than many of his teammates.

Toni Kroos—2: Substituted at half-time after contributing very little to that game, the Madrid press left Kroos and the other midfielders on different wavelengths with huge holes for Barcelona to exploit.

Luka Modric—3: Asked to play as a false nine in the first half and totally wasted all of Modric’s talents. He was running around trying to pressure Barcelona but it was a weak attempt considering his teammates failed to pressure as a unit.

Fede Valverde—5: Ancelotti had Uruguayan Pedri as a scorer for long periods of the game, but the scoring role knocked the midfielder out of shape and gave Barcelona the chance to take advantage of the open space between the lines. his 4 out of 5 ground duels won. Alongside Courtois, it was a salvageable performance.

Vinicius Junior—2: Was beaten by Araujo, who could compete with him for pace. Dribbled, but often dribbled under pressure. Had the moment to bring Madrid back into the game but instead of keeping his cool he opted for drama and dived before being hit by Ter Stegen. The angles from which the Brazilian pressed made the press unnecessary as the Barcelona players still had every channel open to play a pass – as evidenced by the build-up to the third goal where Ter Stegen easily returns the ball to Araujo.

Rodrygo—2: Played over an hour but only had 8 assists and 24 touches, less than Thibaut Courtois.

Replacements:

Eduardo Camavinga—5: He tried to change the course of the match at half-time, but things only got worse when Carlo switched to another experimental formation. Camavinga gradually took the ball and started to push things forward towards the end of the game, but Barcelona had already started to take their foot off the pedal.

Mariano Diaz—4: Ran hard, as he always does, but the highest level takes more than just effort.

Lucas Vazquez—3: Let Ferran Torres slip away seconds after entering the pitch, Gavi clittered after being beaten by the 17-year-old with just one touch.

Marco Asensio—4: Scored a nice touch to draw a foul from Dani Alves but otherwise saw little ball and had little impact. Had a driving run with the ball at his feet, but dribbled into a crowd of Barcelona players and sparked a transition attack for the visitors.

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