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Rating the Real Madrid Players in Their 4-2 Win vs. Osasuna

James YatjtContributor IIOctober 11, 2016

Rating the Real Madrid Players in Their 4-2 Win vs. Osasuna

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    All eyes were on Jose Mourinho Saturday afternoon at Bernabeu Stadium as Real Madrid played its last game of the Portuguese manager's tenure against Osasuna in the final match day of La Liga. 

    Despite being deprived of an injured Cristiano Ronaldo, Real managed to find enough offensive spark to overcome the visitors from Pamplona, 4-2, finishing the season with over 100 goals scored for the third consecutive year—a new record in the Spanish top flight.   

    Here is how the Madrid players fared. 

Rating the Goalkeeper and Defenders

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    Jesus Fernandez: 7/10 

    With Diego Lopez injured and Iker Casillas having gone completely out of favor with Mourinho, fourth-choice goalkeeper Jesus Fernandez got his first ever start between the pipes for Real Madrid. It certainly didn't look like Jesus was playing in his debut, as he made some great saves—particularly in the first half—commanded his area reasonably well and played coolly with the ball at his feet. The young keeper didn't have a chance on Osasuna's two goals. 

     

    Alvaro Arbeloa: 5.5/10

    Just like he has been for most of this season, Arbeloa was largely quiet and inconsistent against Osasuna. He didn't push forward all that much on the outside and when he did, it amounted to little. Didn't have too much to deal with on his flank, but he should have have done a much better job closing down Torres on the visitors' second goal. 

     

    Ricardo Carvalho: 6.5/10

    Was a little rash at times in his tackles but, all in all, was the best performer at the back for Madrid—a positive way to finish off his time at the Spanish capital. 

     

    Raul Albiol: 6.5/10

    Dealt well with some difficult crosses into the box and was forced to bail out Callejon on a couple occasions. Was caught out of position a few times, but overall, he had a decent performance. 

     

    Jose Callejon: 5.0/10 

    Not particularly accustomed to playing at fullback, and it showed as he was often left overwhelmed by Osasuna's surging runs forward (the fact that Di Maria didn't offer much in the way of defensive cover didn't help). Had a better second half when he was able to move into midfield and managed to score a goal, but he really could have had more considering the numerous opportunities he had at his disposal. 

Rating the Midfielders and Forwards

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    Luka Modric: 7.0/10

    Had a slow start to the season but really finished off the year in style. Was at the heart of many of Real's offensive maneuvers, though he missed two glorious opportunities that he really should have taken advantage of.

     

    Michael Essien: 7.5/10 

    He's had his injury problems, but when he's in form, the 30-year-old can still play and was one of the better performers for Madrid. Was forced to cover most of the ground in midfield on his own and did so exceptionally well. He also scored the second goal for Madrid with a brilliant header. If he can stay healthy, Chelsea will be getting a strong player next year. 

     

    Karim Benzema: 7.5/10 

    Was quiet for most of the first half and often drifted in and out of the game, but he scored two excellent goals to give Madrid all three points.  

     

    Mesut Ozil: 7.5/10 

    Showed a lot of craft in the game as he carved out countless opportunities for his teammates. Notched two assists on the day—his second led to Benzema's winning goal. 

     

    Angel Di Maria: 5.5/10

    His brilliant dummy helped Madrid open the scoring, but he was otherwise disappointing. Misplaced many passes and didn't track back defensively. He was taken off at half-time. 

     

    Gonzalo Higuain: 7.5/10

    Looked everywhere in the game. Caused havoc in the Osasuna back line with some brilliant solo runs. Opened the scoring for Madrid but probably should have had more. 

Rating the Substitutes

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    Nacho: 5/10

    Came on at half-time for Di Maria and switched with Callejon at fullback. Wasn't afraid to get forward, but he left plenty of spaces for the visitors to exploit. He also left Alvaro Cejudo unmarked in the box to head home Osasuna's second goal. 

     

    Omar Mascarell: N/A

    Not on the pitch long enough to contribute anything of value.

     

    Marcos Llorente: N/A 

    Not on the pitch long enough to contribute anything of value. 

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