Real Madrid avoided a scare as they had to depend on a last minute goal once again to leave with all three points. At least they didn’t end up having to wait for a Sergio Ramos header this time but rather from some Isco brilliance.
My Personal Player Ratings:
Kiko Casilla – 6/10
Two goals conceded even though it would be a little difficult to blame him for either but it would be difficult to give him a higher rating given that no other major saves came from his side on the night
Danilo – 8/10
Not the greatest performance for a right-back but possibly Danilo’s greatest in a Real Madrid shirt. He has been improving a lot more this season and hopefully he can continue building on it from here.
Nacho Fernandez – 4.5/10
It seems like avoiding a yellow card was the first thing on his mind and El Clasico was the second. This game wasn’t something he was too worried about and his failure to mark Vesga on the second goal reminded us of his incompetence when it comes to defending crosses, just as we saw in Munich against Arturo Vidal. This is an aspect of his game that he definitely needs to change.
Fabio Coentrao – 7.5/10
An extremely rare start for Fabio Coentrao and his lack of match practice was apparent on the night. The Portuguese right-back still did quite well considering all that and, even though many of his plays were safe, he still came out with some good runs and decent crosses to help Los Merengues. Didn’t complete the 90 minutes but that doesn’t really have much to do with his performance against Sporting.
Mateo Kovacic – 7/10
Usually quite dependable, Mateo Kovacic didn’t have the best game against Sporting. This isn’t completely due to his performance but also the fact that James Rodriguez and Isco didn’t help out as much as he would have needed them to.
James Rodriguez – 4/10
Practically non-existent throughout the 90 minutes, we saw a few glimpses of James Rodriguez on the night. The Colombian was nowhere near his best and it’s safe to say that he didn’t impress Zidane much on the opportunity he was given.
Isco – 10/10
Saying that he was the man-of-the-match who won the game for Real Madrid practically on his own is an understatement to this man’s contribution against Sporting Gijon. Isco made a loud and clear statement and it would be extremely foolish for Zidane or the Los Blancos board to ignore it any longer.
Lucas Vazquez – 5/10
His reaction when being substituted is the best picture to show how his night went. Lucas Vazquez tried as hard as he usually does but things just didn’t go in his favor on the night.
Marco Asenseio – 6/10
The youngster has come into a lot of deserved praise but, if anyone was watching him for the first time against Sporting, they can’t be blamed for wondering where all that praise came from. Having said that, he is allowed to have “below-average performances” and this was one of them.
Alvaro Morata – 7.5/10
Didn’t get many chances to show his capabilities but Alvaro Morata got a goal to his name and helped out whenever he could on the night. Not the best night for the Spaniard but very far from his worst…
Marcelo – 8.5/10
Came on in place of Fabio Coentrao in order to add a little more flair in attack and that’s exactly what he did, as it helped secure Real Madrid’s win against Sporting Gijon
Mariano Diaz – 6.5/10
Real Madrid needed to move forward and adding Mariano up front was a good idea for Zidane as Los Blancos were desperate to find a goal. He took his chances but wasn’t able to add much to the scoreline.
Carlos Casemiro – N/A
Not sure why Zidane brought him on in the dying minutes but we have gotten used to those unexplained moves from our manager so it’s all good I guess…