CM Dani Ceballos
An excellent, excellent performance from Dani Ceballos, who was the best starter on the pitch after Rodrygo Goes on the left wing. Ceballos created the first goal with a lovely pass to the backpost, and he also played a key role in the second goal.
The center midfielder has rarely received opportunities this season, but he looked good off the bench before this start at Osasuna. In this match, Ceballos was downright brilliant, showing effectiveness in the final third and classy touches in midfield. He can be an asset to some team, and there are now Madridistas who are hoping Ceballos can carve out a role for himself to close 2021/22 – and even in 2022/23. We shall see. This was a huge positive step for him.
DM Eduardo Camavinga
A great performance from Eduardo Camavinga, who is consistently a highlight for Real Madrid whenever he is on the pitch as either a substitute or starter. It was good to see him start despite questions of discipline against Sevilla, as he could have been sent off in that game.
Camavinga received an early yellow card in Pamplona, but this was undeserved. It was a terrible call, and Camavinga won the ball fairly. But the ex-Rennes man did not argue and remained calm thereafter, still showing good defending despite the yellow.
He also had a great pass that was decisive in Real Madrid finding the go-ahead goal in the first half to make it 2-1.
CM Fede Valverde
Though Fede Valverde was also quiet on this day and certainly not as involved as the other midfielders, he did have to deal with Marco Asensio in front of him. Valverde covered a lot of ground, as per usual, recording two tackles and completing about 90 percent of his passes. He continues to be a consistently solid member of the starting XI whenever Carlo Ancelotti calls his number.