Everton 1-2 Real Madrid: Rating Carlo Ancelotti's Men in Champions Cup Win
Iker Casillas: 6/10
After a prolonged break due to Confederations Cup duty, Casillas was back for his first preseason appearance for Real Madrid. Quite frankly, the Madrid keeper did not have too much to do in the half that he played. The opposition’s best two chances were wide and against the post, leaving the club captain very little opportunity for an early scowl and shake of the head at his back four after another blunder.
Alvaro Arbeloa: 6/10
With Dani Carvajal looking impressively dynamic during the club’s previous summer matches, Arbeloa had to remind the new manager what he does best during his first-half appearance. Those attributes are being suitably steady, reliable and never passing the halfway line. Arbeloa helped keep Everton quiet in opening 45 minutes.
A tough start against Everton for Marcelo, another footballer only just getting back in business after the summer break. Was caught out of position up field a couple of times and completely skinned by Kevin Mirallas for a shot that eventually went wide.
Sergio Ramos: 6/10
Blond. Interesting. Once again, Ramos contributed to a defensive line that looked wobbly at set-pieces. However, the returning stopper did contribute to a good chance for Real Madrid in the opening half, with a neat ball over the top for Cristiano Ronaldo to run on to.
The quiet man of Real Madrid’s preseason so far, played another 90 minutes and helped restrict Everton to just two shots on goal for the whole game. All this was achieved whilst the three defenders around the Portuguese player were switched at half-time.
Luka Modric: 7/10
An uncomplicated, professional first-half performance from the Croatian. Modric helped keep Real Madrid both patient and alert at the same time. The midfielder ensured the passing was simple and helped set the pace in the Spanish side's solid start.
Sami Khedira: 6/10
Because of a very forward-looking Real Madrid line-up and the rustiness of three quarters of the back four at the start of the game, the German was asked to drop back and pitch in. This lead to the German very nearly giving away a penalty and being a little iffy defending a corner. However, he made up for this error by launching the counter-attack that led to Madrid’s first goal.
The young Spaniard played in a fairly deep role against Everton but was still a dynamo of activity in midfield. Isco helped to block the opposition, start Real Madrid attacks and be a general busy body all over the pitch.
Mesut Ozil: 8/10
Isco dropping a little deeper gave Ozil the chance to drift in behind Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, and put in quite a shift during his 85-minute appearance. The German was particularly strong in the first half with an assist from a classic Real Madrid counter attack and even popped up with a goal in a similar move to the first strike.
Cristiano Ronaldo: 7/10
After three games without a goal in what is supposed to be a more liberated, attacking role, Ronaldo looked very chuffed indeed with his opener against Everton. Despite a miss-control when collecting the ball, he still had the skill to recover and eek around Tim Howard for Real Madrid’s first of the encounter.
Karim Benzema: 7/10
Another pleasing performance from the Frenchman to cheer Real Madrid fans. With goals possible from players throughout Carlo Ancelotti’s side, Benzema’s role in the team is to find space and make sure that he is ready and available to support any attack. Benzema achieved this on Saturday.
Diego Lopez: 6/10
There was little the substitute could do about Everton’s second-half goal. Aside from that, it was very similar to the appearance from Casillas, in that there was not a lot of action going on in Madrid’s box that required the goalkeeper.
Fabio Coentrao: 6/10
The left-back showed that he was a lot more up to speed with the dynamics of the game than Marcelo, who the Portuguese defender replaced at half-time.
A wobbly 45 minutes from the former Castilla defender with Nacho missing his man in Everton’s strike from Nikica Jelavic. Also slow to pick up Phil Jagielka from a set-piece that nearly lead to the English side’s equaliser.
Dani Carvajal: 5/10
The Spaniard’s weaknesses were exposed against Everton. The English opposition on Saturday were tall and physical. Carvajal is neither, hence the young fullback missed the knock-down from Steven Naismith for Everton’s goal. This set the tone for a bit of a clumsy cameo.
An uneventful second-half from the midfielder, in a match that was always going to lose a little shape in the final 45 minutes due to all the substitutions.
Angel di Maria: 7/10
An extra point is given for a sensational shot that would have been one of the goals of the summer had the Argentinean’s strike not been thwarted. A dynamic Di Maria is still trying to show that he deserves a starting role in the side as much as Isco.
Almost ended up on the scoresheet not long after coming on, but a fine save from Everton keeper Tim Howard prevented a third goal for Madrid and Jese’s first of the preseason.
Not a lot offered in the 20 minutes the Brazilian was out on the pitch, playing centre-forward once again.
Denis Cheryshev: N/A
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