With the help of some referees, Real Madrid have won eight times in eight games after a 2-0 win over Alaves, restoring their four-point lead over Barcelona. It was a change of composition tonight but still a convincing victory.
See player ratings below.
Thibaut Courtois—8: Another blank sheet for the Belgian. Wasn’t extremely busy throughout the game, but that doesn’t mean Alaves didn’t test it. They had 10 shots and four on target, all dealt with by Courtois. You have done the work and filled the defensive gaps.
Lucas Vazquez —6,5: With Dani Carvajal absent and without a substitute right-back, Vazquez entered. He has already been here and has done well since it is not his preferred position. Often mounted at the top to try to have an impact on the attack but nothing too convincing.
Raphael Varane – 7: Another defender returns from an injury. Was responsible for leading a new appearance defense and did well. The biggest moment was a clearance at the start of the goal line. You have completed the game with the captain’s armband.
Eder Militão – 7: Speaks for Sergio Ramos. Started strong but was sometimes out of position forcing midfielders to go back and cover the space. Had a few skids but won two aerial duels and a tackle.
Ferland Mendy — 7.5: The most influential defender on the team. Caused all kinds of problems left for Alaves and linked to Rodrygo. Drew the penalty for Madrid’s first goal and continued to threaten thereafter.
Casemiro – 7: A usual performance of the Brazilian who operated in the midfield and helped in defense. Nothing special.
Bruises – 8: Since returning from the break, Modric has been playing with an extra spark and his youth shines through. One of the most optimistic midfielders of the match and helped a lot in defense. Three strokes and four dribbles.
Toni Kroos—7,5: Standard game for German. A bit calm but was still an important role in the middle of the pack. Passed a 96% success rate, three shots, two dribbles and two tackles.
Marco Asensio – 7: Was very calm in the first half, could not move on the right wing. His first attempt at the target was blocked, but then timed a race and joined Benzema to score the second goal. Nice to see him play longer.
Rodrygo-8: One of the best performances of the 19 year old. One of the most threatening players in the game. Often overtaken by Alaves and suffering physically. Responsible for the accumulation of the second goal and finished with six dribbles and two shots, unhappy not to score.
Karim Benzema – 8: Lead the team to claim the three points. Stepped up for the penalty and easily converted. Very versatile tonight by staying at the front and going down deep if necessary. Set the second goal for Asensio. Was afraid of injuries but went through.
Valverde Faith – 7: Came with 30 minutes left. Did well to keep possession of the ball but not much else. Seems to play better when he is a beginner.
Vinicius Junior – 6: Replaced at the same time as Valverde but had no impact on the game, only seven touches. Always as eager to run towards the goal but offside.
Isco – 6.5: Played just over 10 minutes, which is not a long time to make a difference, but I still tried to be as active as possible. Twenty-three hits, 15 assists, two shots and two dribbles.
Edenic danger—6: Came in at the same time as Isco. Nice to see him again, but only had 10 keys.
Brahim Diaz — N / A: Not enough time in the field.