Although it looked like Real Madrid ran the risk of failing to find the opening goal as they did in the first Clasico, they finished off two chances for a dream victory at the Santiago Bernabeu on Mar. 1. Here were the top seven performances.
After slipping past FC Barcelona in the La Liga table and faltering at home in the Champions League against old foe Pep Guardiola‘s Manchester City side, all the pressure was on Real Madrid heading into the second Clasico of the 2019-2020 season.
But Real didn’t show any nerves in this title-deciding matchup, scoring twice in the second half for a dream 2-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu. All the concerns in front of goal and all the issues against City were rectified in a comprehensive display.
Here were the top seven individual performances from the convincing display.
Real Madrid wouldn’t have won this game without Thibaut Courtois, who made an incredible save to deny FC Barcelona midfielder Arthur Melo from point blank range. He then made a second big save in the first half to stop none other than Lionel Messi, preserving Real’s clean sheet.
Courtois was also confident on the ball despite facing immense pressure from Antoine Griezmann, who is always hungry for goals and loves using his pace to capitalize on mistakes at the back. But Courtois was careful not to give him any gifts, making calm passes to the likes of Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal.
As he did against Getafe and Osasuna earlier this year, Courtois makes big saves early in the game to keep his team in it. Then when Real find their groove in the second half, they are able to get the goals they need to win the match. Don’t forget about praising Courtois for his Clasico performance, as he is one of the team’s most important players.