Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid: Live Player Ratings for Los Blancos

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterFebruary 5, 2014

Real Madrid will carry a 3-0 aggregate lead into the second leg of this Copa del Rey semifinal against local rivals Atletico Madrid.

An Emiliano Insua own goal provided the hosts the lead in the 17th minute, but Jese’s superb strike just shy of the hour-mark provided a bit of a cushion and Angel Di Maria rounded out the scoring in the 73rd minute when his shot took a deflection off Miranda.

Following are player ratings and analysis for all the Madrid players.

Real Madrid Player Ratings
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Half-Time analysis

Casillas: Made an excellent safe off Turan’s header from in close.

Arbeloa: Lucky to still be on the pitch after a stamp on Costa, and he might have also conceded a penalty when he grabbed the Atletico striker’s shirt on a corner-kick.

Pepe: Already in the book and will be taking an early bath if he doesn’t cool it.

Ramos: Winning three-quarters of his aerial battles.

Coentrao: Hasn’t been as involved as either he or Ronaldo would like, but distribution has been good.

Modric: Pulling all the strings whenever Madrid set up in the attacking third.

Alonso: Completed 95% of his passes and successfully executed a pair of important tackles.

Di Maria: Continues to settle nicely into his new midfield role.

Jese: Madrid’s best attacker so far and will give Bale a run for his money even after the Welshman regains full fitness.

Benzema: Only 18 touches.

Ronaldo: Ball control has been poor, and his two attempts at target were well below standard.

Full-Time analysis

Casillas: His save on Turan was his best on the night, as he only had one other shot to deal with.

Arbeloa: Fortunate to not have been ejected in the first half but generally combined well with Jese down the right.

Pepe: Made an absolutely vital challenge on Adrian in the final minutes to preserve Madrid’s clean sheet.

Ramos: Perhaps his best performance of the season.

Coentrao: Excellent distribution from the Portugal left-back, but he might have got even further forward a bit more often.

Modric: Cleared the ball off the line as it looked as though Godin was ready to score for Atletico.

Alonso: An all-around effective performance from the ginger veteran.

Di Maria: Combined well with Morata in the buildup to his goal.

Jese: Came off to a well-deserved standing ovation.

Benzema: Made only 28 touches and was very, very poor.

Ronaldo: Came to life somewhat in the latter stages, but generally this was one of his less effective matches of the season.

Morata: Picked up an assist on the Di Maria goal.

Illarramendi: Brought on late to shore things up defensively.

Isco: Only nine touches in a brief cameo.


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