Matchday 14 score: Rodrygo pale, Kroos brilliant

Mandatory task completed! Real Madrid bid farewell to the World Cup break with a 2-1 (1-0) win over FC Cádiz. In a sometimes difficult match, Toni Kroos showed his great value for the Merengues with another gala performance in midfield. Éder Militão steadied the defense while Lucas Vázquez and Fede Valverde bolstered the crushing attacking play. Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba, on the other hand, faltered.

Rodrygo does not find his game against Cádiz, on the contrary, Toni Kroos becomes the winner of the match – Photo: Imago

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Thibaut Courtois

The Belgian doesn’t seem to be in the form he’s used to since returning from injury. The newly minted world goalkeeper made a powerful save against Sobrin (53′). A 1.99m man had his fingers in play when the otherwise harmless visitors scored. The world-class keeper could only parry Bongonda’s shot away – much to the delight of Lucas Pérez, who pushed his skin over the line in pursuit. A mistake that can also happen to Thibaut Courtois after more than two years at absolute world level. ACTUAL TOTAL – Note: 4.

Lucas Vázquez (until the 88th minute of the game)

Good performance from the Galician! The representative Carvajal did not do everything well in the last third, when the 31-year-old player had an opportunity, but he intervened in the home team’s offensive game with good deep runs. 99 actions with the ball, three key passes and a dangerous shot from the outside of the leg (48th) are statistically good evidence of the work. REAL TOTAL-Note: 2.5.

Eder Militão

With a confident performance, he stabilized a back team that was still wild against Ray. Both on the ground (three clearances, one direct possession) and in the air (six headers won), the Brazilian was almost always on point before things could turn sour. Blancos also paved the way for an important home win with his well-placed header just before the break (40th). ACTUAL TOTAL – Note: 2.

David Alaba

That evening, as the only defender in an otherwise superb back four, he did not look up to par. The Austrian was clearly too deep in front of Sobrin’s chance (53 ́) and in front of the visitors’ goal (82 ́). He also received an unnecessary yellow card and rarely exuded Alaba’s typical dynamism. ACTUAL TOTAL – Note: 4.

Ferland Mendy

After a disastrous performance on Monday night, the Frenchman presented himself in much better form, especially defensively. The full-back was always alert and convincing with good positional play. If the merengues went forward, the 27-year-old was commanding in positional play but rarely sparked momentum. ACTUAL TOTAL – Note: 3.

Luka Modrić (up to 85 minutes)

The Croatian looked much clearer in his actions than on Monday night. The creative head was only exceptionally able to radiate the usual lightness. When you look at the stats, 107 ball actions and one key pass indicate a huge impact on the Blancos’ game. But “Abuelo” paled in comparison to his neighbor Kroos – and inexplicably missed a 100% scoring chance (79th). REAL TOTAL-Note: 3.5.

Aurelien Tchouameni

After his erratic performance at Rayo, the sweeper responded well and produced a solid if uninspiring performance for the full 90 minutes. On the one hand, the Frenchman won many duels against a harmless opponent (five disposals, one direct possession of the ball). On the other hand, Casemiro’s successor did a good job of passing (almost 99 percent pass rate) and contributed with good balls in the transition game. REAL TOTAL-Note: 2.5.

Toni Kroos

Undoubtedly the best player on the pitch! The fact that the German is still hardly (or at all) replaceable at Real Madrid was made clear last but not least by Monday’s match. While Ray still lacked a guiding hand in midfield, the 32-year-old performed the role superbly against Cádiz. Whether as a brilliant assist in front of Militão’s header (40th) or as a goal scorer with a strong long-range shot (71st) – without Maestro it would be much more difficult to overcome the Cádiz obstacle. 111 actions with the ball, 93 percent of passes, four (!) key passes and many won defensive duels also read like a poem. Maybe he should have called Hansi (if he hadn’t already). REAL TOTAL-Note: 1.5.

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Federico Valverde

“Fede” may have already performed more spectacularly this season. Still, the Uruguayan was involved in a lot of good attacking action for the home team with sensible deep runs, some good group tactical actions (one-two passes, runs) and the usual dribbling of the ball. With a bit more luck at the end, the crowd favorite, who also played three key passes, could be on the list of top scorers (54th) after a nice combination. REAL TOTAL-Note: 2.5.

Rodrygo Goes (until the 82nd minute of the game)

The Brazilian, like on Monday, did not find his game. The World Championship driver, who was once again called up as a striker, managed to score three goals. However, the 21-year-old was unable to create a serious goal threat. It was logical that Ancelotti replaced the striker in the closing stages. ACTUAL TOTAL – Note: 4.

Vinicius Junior

He had trouble getting into the game and focused on the essentials with (mostly comprehensible) discussions. As the season progressed, the winger became more attractive in the final third and could have delivered the final decider with his own finish (77th) and world-class build-up before Modrić’s best chance (79th). ACTUAL TOTAL – Note: 3.

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Daniel Ceballos (from the 82nd minute)

He was considered a possible candidate for the starting eleven, but had to settle for a few minutes of action. Very bad. No rating.

Eduardo Camavinga (from the 85th minute)

The fact that the birthday boy was only allowed to participate for a few minutes underlines the (quite normal) difficulties in Camaving’s second season at Concha Espina. After Los Blancos’ poor showing on Monday night, the 20-year-old must have been secretly hoping for more game time – as were many Madridistas. No rating.

Nacho Fernández (from the 88th minute)

He should have secured an important home win and did not feature in his six minutes of action. No rating.

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Carlo Ancelotti

Whoever wins is usually right. The fact that “The Lord” barely rotated and the likes of Ceballos and Camavinga once again played no real role leaves some real fans with question marks. The bottom line is that the Italian managed to minimize the gap on FC Barcelona, ​​so the champions are at least within striking distance after the World Cup break. When it comes to substitutions, a successful coach should still consider whether to give one or the other player more time on the bench. REAL TOTAL-Note: 3.5.

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Matchday 14 score: Rodrygo pale, Kroos brilliant

Mandatory task completed! Real Madrid bid farewell to the World Cup break with a 2-1 (1-0) win over FC Cádiz. In a sometimes difficult match, Toni Kroos showed his great value for the Merengues with another gala performance in midfield. Éder Militão steadied the defense while Lucas Vázquez and Fede Valverde bolstered the crushing attacking play. Thibaut Courtois and David Alaba, on the other hand, faltered.

Noten zum 14. Spieltag: Rodrygo blass, Kroos genial

11/11/2022, 00:31

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