Real Madrid were able to continue keeping their place at the top of the league for another Matchday as they beat second-placed Granada 4-2.
Alphonse Areola – 5/10
Started off with his usual self-confidence and poise but the second half was a weird one for Areola as he gave away a penalty, was very indecisive while defending a corner and just seemed a little rattled. Hopefully this doesn’t mean much and he will be as confident as always in any upcoming matches he plays.
Alvaro Odriozola – 7/10
Alvaro Odriozola doesn’t get many opportunities to play under Zidane but the match against Granada showed why he genuinely deserves more minutes. The Spaniard was always available, defender very well, linked up brilliantly with Gareth Bale, and got himself an assist for James’ first goal since his return to the club. A great night for Odriozola.
Raphael Varane – 7/10
Yes, Real Madrid conceded twice but none of that can be blamed on Raphael Varane. In fact, his goal-line clearance ensured that Granada didn’t score more goals. A good game from the French defender.
Sergio Ramos – 6.5/10
A good game overall from our captain but we usually see more from him on the night. It could be simply because the attention was on other players, which is something that we can never complain about.
Dani Carvajal – 8/10
Being placed as a left-back due to injuries to Marcelo, Mendy and Nacho, Dani Carvajal was a bast up and down the flank. He was consistently causing problems and was always able to find space whenever he decided to go forward.
Carlos Casemiro – 8.5/10
Our dependence on Carlos Casemiro greatly worries be even though it’s difficult to see any other way. The Brazilian was a tank in midfield once again and even found opportunities to bulldoze the ball forward. It’s worrying to know what would happen to the team if he was injured or fatigued at some point in the future.
Toni Kroos – 7/10
Only lasted about 36 minutes on the pitch before being substituted due to injury but those 36 minutes showed exactly what type of player the German is. Was always finding his man with key passes and controlled his position perfectly.
Federico Valverde – 9.5/10
What. A. Player. Federico Valverde had a magnificent night and was placed in a more offensive role than he’s usually used to but took it all in his stride and gave what is easily the best match he has played for the senior side. A wonderful night and one that put his name on the map.
Gareth Bale – 7.5/10
A world class assist to Karim Benzema early on cemented his importance in the game and he never backed down. However, it seems that whenever we see a lot of Bale in the first 45 minutes, his performance tends to plummet in the second half. This is exactly what happened here as well. Having said that, there is no denying that he is one of the most influential members of this squad since the beginning of the season.
Eden Hazard – 7/10
Had a couple moments of brilliance as usual but he needed that goal and he finally got it. A chip at the end of the first half gave Eden Hazard his first official Real Madrid goal before he added to his influence by assisting Modric in the second half. A good night for the Belgian.
Karim Benzema – 7/10
Scored the opening goal of the game and even though he couldn’t add to that, he was always part of the moves going forward and almost added to his tally during the second half.
Luka Modric – 7.5/10
Came on for Toni Kroos and showed some great touches before a superb shot found the back of the net. After his shockingly horrible performance against Club Brugge, this was a little better from the Croatian but in no way means he deserves a starting spot in the squad anymore.
Isco – 6.5/10
Came on for Eden Hazard and looked to be able to keep up with the pace of the game. His ability to quickly give the ball to Odriozola for the fourth goal was his best moment in the game.
James Rodriguez – 7/10
Came on for Gareth Bale really late in the game but it would be difficult not to give the Colombian a rating after he scored his first Real Madrid goal since his return.