Real Madrid: Top 5 performances from the 2-1 win over Huesca

Real Madrid, Raphael Varane (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid, Vinicius Junior
Real Madrid, Vinicius Junior (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images) /

LW Vinicius Junior

Marco Asensio had some bright moments, but Vinicius Junior is the only forward who truly belongs on this shortlist. Vinicius came into Matchday 22 under some pressure, because Madridistas have been expecting a lot more from the player in his third season with the club since joining from Flamengo. On top of that, Eden Hazard is out for several weeks, so Vini has been expected to step up in his place.

That’s exactly what the 20-year-old did on Saturday afternoon. He drew four fouls and completed four dribbles before being substituted in the final 15 minutes, having done his job to create chances with his dribbling. Vinicius was much more confident and efficient on the ball in previous weeks. His passing could still use work, but the traits we saw in the second half of 2019-2020 were on full display in this win.

CM Luka Modric

Just like Toni Kroos, Luka Modric has been consistently world-class for Real Madrid in the 2020-2021 season and should also find himself on the shortlist of the world’s best midfielders. Modric has built a compelling case to be ahead of Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne.

As with Kroos, too, Modric’s best work is often wasted by the forwards. He had a couple of sick flicks that could have led to assists, but it was not to be for Karim Benzema and Real’s up-and-down front line.

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Still, Modric played well, distinguishing himself with three dribbles completed and two tackles. We have honestly seen more sterling performances from the Croatian star, but this was still a solid display from the 35-year-old.