Real Madrid picked up a vital three points over Alaves on Saturday, but they were pushed to their limits by the team with La Liga’s best defensive home record
It wasn’t an easy 2-1 win for Real Madrid, but, in the end, Zinedine Zidane’s squad showed another side to their game by gutting out a nail-biting victory over Alaves, who continued their dominant defensive work at the Mendizorroza.
Real received goals from captain Sergio Ramos and fellow defender Dani Carvajal, while young center back Eder Militao stood out with a Man of the Match-quality performance in the injured Raphael Varane’s stead.
This wasn’t the most complete victory of the campaign by Los Merengues, but all that matters is they were able to grab three points on a rainy day in the Basque country. Real’s victory gives them a great opportunity to emerge from Matchday 15 as the league’s leaders, since Barcelona will have a difficult fixture on Sunday against another Real rival in Atletico Madrid.
Here were the top three performances from Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Alaves, with a special focus on Militao, whose impervious defensive work helped Los Blancos withstand pressure from Alaves’ talented attacking trio of Joselu, Aleix Vidal, and Lucas Perez.