Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Athletic Club with a dismal display in Malaga, and crash out of Supercopa de Espana.
Real Madrid were eliminated from the Supercup by the Athletic Club. Raul Garcia took advantage of individual errors by Lucas Vazquez and scored twice in the first half. Los Blancos showed some fight in the second half, and Karim Benzema halved the deficit, but it was not enough for a comeback. Athletic Club is through to the final with a 2-1 win.
Here is how the Real Madrid players performed.
Zinedine Zidane – 3/10
Zidane has failed to find a solution for his team in the attacking front, and the problem continued against Athletic Club. While he is not to at fault for Lucas Vazquez’s mistakes, he is responsible for Real Madrid’s ongoing struggle to play well and score goals. His insistence on not giving Odegaard any minutes and the game that calls for someone with the Norwegian’s skillset is a mystery.
Thibaut Courtois – 6.5/10
Courtois was failed by his teammates once again. Two critical errors from Lucas Vazquez helped Raul Garcia score two past the Belgian goalkeeper. Courtois still came in clutch to make a fantastic one on one save when the score was 1-2 to keep Real Madrid in contention until the very last minute.
Lucas Vazquez – 3.5/10
Vazquez had a terrible game. He had two mistakes, he gave away the ball for the first Athletic Club goal and gave away a penalty for the second. The Spaniard worked hard and won four tackles, three clearances, and two interceptions, but not enough to make up for his critical errors on the night.
Raphael Varane – 6/10
Varane covered his areas well for the most part. He got substituted at half time for a possible knock on his right foot.
Sergio Ramos – 6.5/10
El Capitan did not do much wrong, but his efforts were not enough to send Real Madrid to the Supercopa final. He won four aerial duels and three clearances, per Whoscored.com.
Ferland Mendy – 6/10
While Mendy continues to impress defensively, his inability to be effective in the attacking third continues to hurt Real Madrid. He so often got into good crossing positions but failed to deliver the final ball. He also had the opportunity to level the score at injury time when Vazquez teed him up at the top of the box. His effort was well off the mark.
Casemiro – 7/10
Casemiro did not have much to do in his defensive role. He still completed three interceptions. He also contributed with three key passes, one of them turning into an assist for Real Madrid’s only goal.
Luka Modric – 5.5/10
Modric was not able to establish his dominance in the match as he so often does. He got replaced by Valverde in the 67th minute.
Toni Kroos – 5.5/10
Kroos had a disappointing game. He was not playing at his usual high standards, and the team suffered for it. The German only completed one out of his five crosses, and he completed only 86% of his passes.
Marco Asensio – 7/10
Asensio had a subdued first-half but improved as the match went on. He played to his strength in the second half. The former Mallorca man hit got into promising positions and created
opportunities for himself. He was unfortunate not to get his name on the scorecard as he hit the woodwork three times in the match.
Eden Hazard – 5/10
Hazard is yet to find his form since coming back from injury. He had a couple of good moments. One of them ended with Asensio clattering the post with his effort. However, the Belgian was ineffective for large parts of the game. He completed zero dribbles in the 67 minutes he was on the pitch.
Karim Benzema – 6/10
Benzema’s poor run of form continued. He did score a goal to half Real Madrid’s deficit, but he was anonymous for the most part. Even when the Frenchman got himself involved in the play, he was ineffective and underwhelming.
Nacho – 6.5/10
Nacho did well to deputize for Varane in the second half. He did not have much to do but did not put a foot wrong when called on.
Fede Valverde – 7/10
Valverde was a fresh introduction to the team. His energy and movements helped create spaces for Real Madrid. His cross to find Casemiro also lead to the Whites’ only goal.
Vinicius Junior – 5/10
Vinicius replaced Hazard in the 66th minute but did not offer much. He had one successful dribble, but Real Madrid needed much more than that. The Brazillian also struggled under pressure with a couple of bad touches.
Mariano Diaz – N/A
Mariano entered the match with only three minutes left on the clock and barely got a touch.