Rating the Real Madrid Players in Their 5-1 Victory over Levante
Real Madrid asserted their dominance over Levante on Saturday when they won big by a score of 5-1. Poor finishing could have cost the home side early on, but three late goals killed off any chance of a comeback from the visitors.
Jose Mourinho opted to rest some of his key stars, but it was the substitutes who had the most to give in this match. Nearly everyone performed at a top level, but there were a few standout stars on the night.
In this article we will take a look at the ratings for the Real Madrid players against Levante. The key for the rating system is as follows.
2—No production whatsoever
3—Very little production
4—Worse than average
8—Very high production
9—Nearly perfect performance
Note: all statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com
The Real Madrid Defense
Diego Lopez: 6/10
The Madrid keeper made two strong saves on the night and claimed two crosses as well. He was not called into action very much but made wise decisions on when to leave his post.
The Spanish defender made only two tackles on the night as opposed to his four fouls. Arbeloa did have three shots but none amounted to anything. His defending could have been better, as Levante targeted him on the counter.
Sergio Ramos: 7/10
Ramos put in a very strong performance in defense by making key tackles throughout the game. His ability to win balls in the air also helped out in defense. The defender also contributed to the attack but left his defensive duties a bit open.
The Portuguese defender made very few errors on the night. His ability to read the game helped out the defense immensely, and he made his case for returning to the starting lineup.
Marcelo continues to show his best form since losing his starting role. The Brazilian made four strong tackles and nearly scored on a couple of shots. His contribution to the attack cannot go unrecognized, as he started the counter attack on several occasions.
The Real Madrid Midfield
Xabi Alonso: 8/10
The Spanish midfielder did what he does best. He assisted on the first goal for Real Madrid and kept possession very well. His passing was crisp and he even made three very important tackles in defense.
Luka Modric: 8/10
Modric put in just the type of performance that he was brought in for. The Croatian did well to not give the ball away and created multiple chances throughout the game. His dribbling and passing ability made him very hard to cover for the Levante defenders.
Until he left the pitch, Kaka was the best player on the field. His five shots brought the Bernabeu faithful to their feet every time, and his penalty goal gave Real Madrid the lead. Everything went through the Brazilian in attack, and it was questionable to see him be subbed off so early.
The Real Madrid Attack
Jose Callejon: 4/10
The Spanish winger again looked to be a step behind his teammates. His six shots never tested the keeper, and his passing was questionable at best. Callejon lost possession in key moments of the game and was easily Madrid’s worst performer of the night.
Karim Benzema: 6/10
Playing on the wing is always tough for someone like Benzema and it showed. The French attacker had six shots, but every one sailed high over the goal. He looked uncomfortable on the night but worked hard to get involved in the attack.
Gonzalo Higuain: 9/10
Aside from scoring what is easily the goal of the week, Higuain was nearly impossible to defend. His five shots troubled the keeper, and he even gave a very important assist on the night. But Pipita also helped out in defense by making three key tackles in the middle of the pitch.
The Real Madrid Substitutes
Angel Di Maria: 6/10
The Argentine winger was brought on early, and his speed immediately changed the tempo. His two shots did very little, but it was his spacing that helped lead to Real Madrid’s late goals.
Mesut Ozil: 8/10
There is no one quite like the German midfielder. His late brace was brilliant, but it was his ability to pull the strings in the attack that sees Ozil get a high rating despite playing very little minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo: 8.5/10
Ronaldo is in contention with Higuain for the man of the match honors. At first, the Portuguese winger did very little to help his side. But as the game wore on, every touch of the ball from Ronaldo gave Levante a headache. His goal sealed the win, and his late assist for Ozil capped off a brilliant night.
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