LW Rodrygo Goes
Rodrygo Goes didn’t get to see much of the ball in his favored left wing position, but the Brazilian did do his best to make those limited opportunities count. He worked extremely hard defensively, as always, with three tackles and an interception. Rodrygo had a pair of key passes and fouls drawn, producing one nifty dribble to feed Toni Kroos on a longshot opportunity that just whiskered wide.
Perhaps Rodrygo will be disappointed after his amazing performances lately, but the gameflow was not in his favor against Atleti. He did his best.
ST Luka Jovic
Mariano Diaz was actually supposed to start this game, but he suffered an injury just before kick-off. So an unprepared Luka Jovic stepped in. He was a passenger, as usual, for most of the game, but he had two good chances, which he waffled due to a lack of confidence. The first was an easy save for Jan Oblak when he should have went for a chip, while the second was an easy block for an Atleti defender after Jovic took too many touches.
Jovic cannot be blamed too much. It is hard to have confidence or be in form when you play so little. But the likes of Dani Ceballos and Isco have never needed that excuse to contribute. Striker is a different animal, yes, but Jovic does not do himself any favors by being so poor off the ball, constantly positioning himself in areas where he cannot receive a pass.
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RW Marco Asensio
Marco Asensio actually had a few bright moments, working very hard in tough situations against the Atletico Madrid back four to create chances that Luka Jovic squandered. The Andalusian led the team with four key passes and was a positive in a playmaking role, even if he added precious little to Real Madrid on either side of the ball outside of those little moments as a passer.
Though Asensio has a place as a squad player, his physical limitations and inconsistency mean that Real Madrid are likely better off moving on from him instead of extending his contract at his terms.