Scores of the 18th day: elegant Benzema, exceptional Nacho

Real Madrid are back on track in La Liga. Los Blancos won the tough away game at Athletic Club Bilbao on Sunday night. The solid defense around veteran Nacho was particularly convincing. Moreover, Eduardo Camavinga regularly set up the game in midfield, while Karim Benzema scored with world-class style.

As Benzema Real led the way to victory with a superb goal, Nacho was unassailable defensively – Photos: Getty Images

starting lineup

Thibaut Courtois

Flawless performance from the World Goalkeeper! Although he was hardly tested with shots on his casing, the Belgian was always there when he was challenged. In addition, the 1.99 meter man radiates the usual sovereignty these days, which he seemed to have lost a bit due to his injury. In the form of the necessary support in the warm phase of the season to bring silverware. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 2.5.

Nacho Fernandez

While full-back positions have always been a major weakness in Real’s game in recent games, Nacho has been able to contain them impressively. The veteran delivered an impeccable performance against aggressive Basques. Strong in tackles, calm on the ball and endowed with a good sense of space: “Nachete” has once again proven that he can defend at the highest level. Six clearances, a direct ball victory and a key pass (with a success rate of over 87%) also make for an excellent statistic reading. ¡Gran action, machine! ACTUAL TOTAL score: 1.5.

Antonio Rudiger

After weak performances in recent weeks, the German international caught up in defensive work on Sunday night. The central defender has won many duels alongside the solid Éder Militão and has been more alert than before. In the build-up, however, the 29-year-old made some terrifying mistakes which could have punished the home side. Still, a small step in the right direction. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.5.

Eder Militao

With his cautious performances, the Brazilian world championship driver, along with Nacho, has been the main factor for Real’s back four to be less wavering than recently. Six clearances and three direct ball victories are the expression of an impeccable performance. Moreover, the 25-year-old acted much more calmly in the preparation than his neighbor Rüdiger. With the development of form over the past two seasons, the leap to world class is not far off. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 2.

Ferland Mendy

Again, moments of shadow and light intertwined in a performance that is hard to judge. For example, the left side played a decisive role before Benzema’s first header (7th). In terms of defensive behavior, however, the Frenchman hasn’t always been up to snuff and has fallen noticeably behind Nacho. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.

Daniel Ceballos (up to 85 minutes)

In the Copa del Rey, the 26-year-old was promoted from the bench to the winner of the match and was therefore allowed to play from the start at San Mamés. Although the midfield engine didn’t have any game-changing moves that night, he formed a rather convincing triumvirate in royal midfield alongside Camavinga and Valverde. The Spaniard integrated well into the combination game and also did valuable work against the ball. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 2.

Eduardo Camavinga

Despite a few careless mistakes in pressing situations, a mature performance from the Frenchman. The leader repeatedly played sensitive side changes, changed the pace of the game intelligently depending on the situation – and also convinced as a solid tackle (five clearances, two direct ball wins). Notably, the fact that the 20-year-old can have a huge influence on the pace of the game still opens up decisive spaces in the merengues game. In the constitution, other appearances from eleven are likely to follow. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 2.

Federico Valverde

No outstanding performance (like before the World Cup break). Nonetheless, the Uruguayan fits into a convincing squad and has his feet involved in both goals. ‘Fede’ not only played the cross before Benzema’s magnificent opener, but combined Rodrygo before Kroos’ goal to make it 2-0 down the right wing towards the baseline. This trend should continue in the coming weeks. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 2.5.

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Marco Asensio (until the 73rd minute)

Similar to Ceballos, Asensio also started after his strong Copa performance. Assisted pass (rather happy), a lot of clever balls (two key passes) and positive gestures, the Spaniard was able to seize this opportunity, even if he did not score himself and missed his best chance ( 66th). However, Ancelotti is expected to have the 27-year-old on his list for other tasks. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 2.5.

Karim Benzema

With his inimitable shot to make it 1-0 (24th), the world footballer not only paved the way for Los Blancos to win but also rewarded himself with an extremely brave performance. The top scorer offered himself again and again between the lines and in the half-spaces and also worked diligently in the ball possession phases of Bilbao. In this form, the Frenchman could become the usual and necessary difference player in many important matches. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 2.

Vinícius Júnior (until the 83rd minute)

Decent, but again not outstanding wing runner performance. The Brazilian has repeatedly indicated how many dangerous situations he is capable of creating. In the decisive moments, however, luck does not seem to be with him at the moment. Perhaps the knot will burst as early as Thursday in the derby. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.

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Luka Modrić (from the 73rd minute)

Arrived late to stabilize Los Blancos’ game in the closing stages. However, just six ball actions meant the Croatian was no longer a factor. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 3.

Rodrygo Goes (from the 83rd minute)

The Brazilian was there immediately after coming on and set up Kroos’ goal to make it 2-0 in exemplary fashion. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 2.

Toni Kroos (from the 85th minute)

Although he only played a few minutes, his goal had a decisive influence on the important away victory. ACTUAL TOTAL score: 1.5.

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti

Good, bold personnel decisions and a working game plan. After a sometimes bumpy start to the year, the Italian has now managed to stabilize the game of the record champions. Especially defensively, Los Blancos looked much more confident and orderly than last time out. In Bilbao, the arrivals of Nacho and Ceballos and the starting XI from Camavinga have paid off. Carry on, sir! ACTUAL TOTAL score: 2.

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Scores of the 18th day: elegant Benzema, exceptional Nacho

Real Madrid are back on track in La Liga. Los Blancos won the tough away game at Athletic Club Bilbao on Sunday night. The solid defense around veteran Nacho was particularly convincing. Moreover, Eduardo Camavinga regularly set up the game in midfield, while Karim Benzema scored with world-class style.

Noten zum 18. Spieltag: Benzema elegant, Nacho überragend

01/23/2023, 00:13

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