Espanyol 0-1 Realmadrid, Checkout My Realmadrid Player Rating.
Starting_lineup - Mendy & modric were suspended for this game so Zizou started well rested Marcelo & casemiro along with Kroos. Defense was solid. On the front, isco started his first match after injury with Hazard & Benz & was lacking the sharpness. Benz has started every match after lockdown & no surprise was lacking the pace upfront. Hazard was rested & should have been at his best today but lacked coordination with isco since isco had to sit deep due to excellent defensive lines of Espanoyl. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Attack - Espanoyl defended well & Madrid was finding hard to break their lines. Due to this isco had to sit at a Central Defensive Midfielder position rather than Central Attacking Midfielder. Benzema looked fatigued & couldn't coordinate well with Hazard who also looked rusty possibly due to lack of game time. However, Madrid broke the deadlock with a cheeky Benz assist & an excellent run from fresh casemiro. Second half followed the same as the trio registered just 3 shots attempted combined & just 4 key passes. Vini & rodrygo came on for hazard & isco & fueled the real Madrid attack but little attacking intent by exhausted benzema couldn't help the two 19 year olds. Credits to Espanoyl defense, but overall it was a poor attacking performance from Madrid given the quality we have upfront. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. D View pictures in App save up to 80% data. efense - defense looked a bit shaky in the first 20 min. as Ramos made a couple of errors which Espanoyl couldn't capitalise on. However, Madrid quickly got their hold on the game & finished with 69% possession mostly played in the midfield rather than the final third. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Marcelo was the best defender registering highest 3 tackles & 3 interceptions. However, going forward, Marcelo lost possession 10 times. Marcelo struggled on the left flank because Hazard was not defending his wing properly. This changed after Vini arrived as he tracks back every single time. So Marcelo with Vini is a good combination & Mendy with Hazard is a good combination since Mendy can single handedly defend the left wing. A combined defensive team effort from all 10 players helped Courtois with another clean sheet, his 15th this season. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Man_of_the_match :Casemiro scored the only goal of the match to win Real Madrid 3 important away points. Made 3 interceptions, 1 tackle, won 5 air duels & 2 ground duels with 2 key passes & 6 shots attempted & was the stand out player for Madrid & truly deserved Man Of The Match. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Review - Real Madrid are now 2 points clear at the top as Barcelona is gonna face Atletico mid week. Madrid have their share of difficult games with 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th places teams. Madrid are set to drop points in these fixtures given the developing fatigue particularly in our top scorer Karim benzema. This calls for Hazard to step up & take charge of the situation which is very optimistic given his current form. Vinicius will be a key in upcoming games & I think he will bench Hazard in future. Vinicius defends better than hazard, has the spark going upfront & is improving on his passing & shooting. Hazard has to prove why Madrid has paid €100m for him. Madrid will also count on Barcelona to drop points in order to lift their 34th La Liga title. This title race is far from over. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
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