Real Madrid are second in La Liga thanks to a 4-0 drubbing of Almeria on Saturday at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Angel Di Maria got things started with his 10th goal of the season just prior to the half-hour mark, and second-half goals from Gareth Bale, Isco and Alvaro Morata put the finishing touches on the rout.
Following are ratings and analysis for all the Madrid players.
|Real Madrid Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Real Madrid
D.Lopez: Was purely a spectator during the first half.
Nacho: The 24-year-old passed the ball to Di Maria ahead of the goal.
Varane: Has so far won all of his aerial battles.
Pepe: Completed 91% of his passes out of the defense during the opening frame.
Coentrao: Getting forward often, and thought he’d won a penalty midway through the period.
Modric: His 57 touches of the ball is more than any other Madrid player so far.
Illarramendi: The former Real Sociedad midfielder has completed 90% of his passes.
Di Maria: Nearly scored from a corner-kick but opened the scoring with a well-taken, left-footed drive.
Bale: Five shots at target already.
Benzema: Should have opened the scoring in the early going after being set up beautifully by Bale.
Isco: Driving Madrid forward with his well-timed runs.
Full-Time analysis for Real Madrid
D.Lopez: Had just a single save to make.
Nacho: Picked up an assist and impressed at both right and left-back.
Varane: Finished the match having won everything in the air.
Pepe: Completed 92% of his passes out of defense.
Coentrao: Added a useful attacking element down the left and would have picked up an assist had Isco been able to tap his searching cross into the back of the net.
Modric: At the final whistle he had touched the ball 102 times and completed 91% of his passes.
Illarramendi: Scooped the ball over the Almeria defense for Morata to lob into the back of the net.
Di Maria: The best player on the pitch until he was withdrawn midway through the second half with an eye to Wednesday’s Copa del Rey Final.
Bale: Took a total of seven shots and was rewarded with a goal.
Benzema: Try as he might he just couldn’t score—even when Morata served him the ball on a platter in the goalmouth.
Isco: He touched the ball 89 times, distributed it well, led the charge on the dribble and scored a goal in one of his best performances of the season.
Casemiro: He completed 95% of his passes after coming on in the 64th minute.
Morata: Getting into a good habit of scoring almost every time he gets a run-out.
Llorente: The 20-year-old full-back had 12 touches in his Primera Divions debut.