With the full focus now on winning our remaining games in La Liga after the loss during El Clasico, Zinedine Zidane decided to field a highly rotated lineup on the night with a La Liga match against Valencia coming up on Saturday followed by the UEFA Champions League semifinals later in the week.
Here was our starting lineup and bench during the match:
My Personal Player Ratings:
Kiko Casilla – 7.5/10
Had a few great saves during the match to keep Real Madrid in it when the scoreline was 2-1 but also was unfortunate to concede two goals that he could blame the defending for.
Danilo – 7/10
He has improved drastically to his performances during the beginning of the season but also is nowhere close to the player we decided to spend 30 million on. Danilo had some great moments but also a couple lapses in judgement which gave Los Merengues some trouble in the back.
Raphael Varane – 6.5/10
Not at his best but that’s extremely expected given the fact that he has just returned from injury. After a few more games, he will continue to improve and slowly but surely will come back to his best.
Nacho Fernandez – 7.5/10
Continuously a wonderful option for Zidane, Nacho has always proven that you can depend on him and the match against Deportivo La Coruna was no different.
Marcelo – 7/10
Chosen to start the match mainly because of a lack of other options, Marcelo did what he does best but kept it to a minimum. It’s quite surprising that he finished the full 90 minutes as Zidane should have taken him off for some rest when Los Blancos were dominating in the second half.
Mateo Kovacic – 9/10
A wonderful match for Mateo Kovacic as he held his position incredibly well and was able to treat us to his magic whether it was his runs, passing, or finding various ways to open spaces on the night. The Croatian highly deserves more playing time and hopefully he will be able to get it with a very congested fixture list between now and the end of the season.
James Rodriguez – 8.5/10
With two goals to his name, James Rodriguez showed us some of his best qualities during the match. He has not been as consistent as he would like to be recently but, when he’s at his best, it’s very difficult to compete with the Colombian.
Isco – 9.5/10
Yet another man-of-the-match performance from Isco Alarcon on the night. The Spanish “magician” was unstoppable as he was also able to get his name on the score sheet as well as assisting a goal against Deportivo. Keeping him on the bench any longer is inexcusable.
Lucas Vazquez – 7.5/10
Lucas Vazquez has bot been at his best in recent games but the match against Deportivo will surely help boost his morale once again. The young Spaniard used his speed and decision-making very well throughout the night and, even though he had a goal to his name, it could have easily been more!
Marco Asensio – 7/10
A little bit quiet during the first half, Marco Asensio came to life during the second 45 minutes as he helped Real Madrid come out with a convincing win at the end of the match.
Alvaro Morata – 7.5/10
Scored in the first minute of the match and could have added to that after another goal was incorrectly called offside and he missed a couple easy chances. He was a massive threat throughout the 90 minutes but it will be very risky to assume Zidane would consider picking him over Karim Benzema at any point.
Carlos Casemiro – 7.5/10
Came on for Isco with about 12 minutes to go in the match and was able to get on the score sheet with a great shot from outside of the box.
Mariano Diaz – 6.5/10
Came on to replace Marco Asensio and his determination to score is incredible. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to get a goal to his name but was able to cause havoc to Deportivo’s backline during the 12 minutes he spent on the pitch.
Alvaro Tejero – N/A
Came on to make his La Liga debut for the squad as he replaced Raphael Varane.