Player ratings: Real Madrid 2 – 0 Athletic Bilbao; League 2024


Full player ratings below:

Andrew Moon—7.5: There were only three saves to be made, but all were important, including a crucial save on a volley from Inaki Williams following an Athletic corner. Was aggressive off his line and solid with his distribution.

Dani Carvajal—5.5: It’s not the best game from the back with some wayward passes (87% passing accuracy that day) and some difficulties defending Lekue and Berenguer.

Rüdiger—7: Received a standing ovation from the Santiago Bernabeu after beating Guruzeta on a loose ball despite being 5 meters behind him and keeping his composure to play without pressure behind his back.

Nacho—6: Never be afraid to step off the baseline and impose aggressive counterpressure. There was a strong sliding challenge who collected the ball cleanly inside the box.

Ferland Mendy—6.5: A defensive wall, illustrated by Malcom Ares’ hsi armor at the end of the match.

Tchouameni—8: Fantastic performance, playing the pivot role to perfection. Strong in challenge and menacing in the air. Won 4/4 aerial duels and made 3 interceptions as well as his 2 completed tackles.

Toni Kroos—8.5: I could watch the German play football all day. Always knows the next pass, always aware of where the oncoming pressure is coming from and always finds the open man.

Fede Valverde—6: Carlo mentioned that the Uruguayan was tired after the international break. The pressures were less effective but still trying to produce quick one-touch passes and a volley from outside the box tested Agirrezabala.

Jude Bellingham-7: Registered an assist for Rodrygo on the Brazilian’s second goal, leading a counter-attack. Worked hard defensively to support Mendy with Oscar’s overlapping runs from Marcos.

Brahim Díaz—7: Not as many touches as the diminutive playmaker (40) would have liked, but he still managed to find his way out of pressure or commit fouls to relieve the pressure. Hit the post with a shot from inside the box after a low cross ball exchange from Jude Bellingham.

Rodrygo—9: The Brazilian may be enjoying a goal streak at the perfect time. Scored for Brazil at the Bernabeu during the break and scored two fantastic goals against Athletic. So dangerous cutting in from the left and curling a shot with his right. His dribbling was breathtaking. A fun player to watch when he is confident and fit.

Replacements:

Eduardo Camavinga—7: Late substitution in the 81st minute, but managed to pull off a world-class dribbling sequence – Marcelo esque – where he beat three men in one play and then was tackled as he headed towards goal.

Luka Modric—N/A: Bounced around midfield to connect passes for the final 10 minutes of the game.

Joselu—N/A: A goal to play on with the game settled and enter the final stages.

Lucas Vazquez—N/A: Provided additional defensive support to the right midfielder.

Eder Militao—N/A: He played the final two minutes and received a round of applause from the Santiago Bernabeu as he made his long-awaited return from his ACL injury.

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