CM Luka Modric
Modric had a solid enough game. The Croatian handled the pace of the game well, and tried a lot of stuff in the offense. Wasn’t at his best, of course, but he didn’t need to be. Espanyol were never really in the game, so it was light work for the Magician. Had an involvement in the first goal, and was subbed off in the 60th minute, after a standing ovation from the Bernabeu.
CM Eduardo Camavinga
Eduardo Camavinga had another great game for Real Madrid. He was deployed as a CDM in the positional absence of Casemiro, and he did the job exceptionally well. The Frenchman broke down Espanyol’s attacks, covered passing lanes and won the ball on multiple occasions. He also got a very good assist in the third goal, after winning the ball with some help from Luka Modric in the build-up. Weirdly enough, he played as a centre-back for ten to fifteen minutes of the game until he was substituted for the debutant Mario Gila. Excellent yet again. Play him against City.
CM Dani Ceballos
A fantastic performance from Ceballos. Probably his best of the season, I won’t lie. Ceballos was everywhere. He won the ball on so many occasions, and he was so, so good with the ball, completing so many dribbles and passing the ball forward on many occasions. He had a bunch of plays which make us believe why Ancelotti wants him to stay at Real Madrid next season. He won’t be playing a whole lot, but if the Spaniard plays like this each time, then the midfield will have no problem for the forseeable future. Fantastic stuff.