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Real Madrid - Atletico de Madrid, Liga BBVA 2014-15: Player Ratings

We rate Ancelotti's men in the 1-2 defeat to crosstown rivals Atletico de Madrid.

Denis Doyle

(Rating Scale: 10 = Outstanding; 5 = Average; 1 = Very poor)

Iker Casillas, 5: the captain's nightmare took a turn for the worse after Atletico scored on their first corner kick in the twelfth minute. Casillas was caught totally off guard and barely reacted to the headed shot. Shockingly, many of the Bernabeu faithful turned on their former poster boy and began whistling whenever he touched the ball. His second-half performance was average, and Turan's shot to the far corner would've required a miracle save.

Arbeloa, 7: it was refreshing to see Arbeloa put in one of his dependable, secure, and composed performances at right-back, especially after his long lay-off due to injury and Carvajal's growing status. He showed a willingness to pressure the opponents when Real lost possession and played safe, easy passes to his teammates throughout the match. All in all, he played within his means and it served the team well. His only mistake came in the 72nd minute when Turan managed to get past him with one touch and nearly scored with a shot to the far post that went wide.

Pepe, 5: Pepe enjoyed a very solid first-half, but he fell apart in the second and left yards of space at the top of the box for both Raul Garcia and Turan to exploit, leading to Atletico's winning goal.

Ramos, 5: Sergio had a decent first-half, but his cavalier attitude with clearances and misplaced long balls left a lot to be desired. He and the rest of the defensive line fell asleep during Atleti's second goal. He was shifted to right-back once Varane entered the match for Arbeloa but had limited influence from that position.

Coentrao, 7: Fabio looked good in defense and attack and had some surprisingly dynamic runs down the left wing. He continues demonstrating good form against top competition. Let's hope he remains injury-free.

Kroos, 6: Kroos didn't get a chance to attack very much, but his passing and rhythm evoked a sense of composure and intelligence that will only grow as he learns his teammates' movements. He should've provided more cover on Turan in the second goal, though, as the Atleti player was wide open at the top of the box.

Modric, 6: The effort was there, but Luka was unable to unlock Atletico's defense with his passing and dribbles. By no means did he play poorly, but he was stifled by Atletico's physical defending and fouling. Nothing to worry about, though.

James, 7: James was relatively quiet in the first half as his only memorable moment came on a failed volley off a CR7-cross. However, he grew into the game in the second-half and truly helped Toni Kroos dictate the tempo of the match with his passing game.

Bale, 6: Bale looked good in the first-half as he combined with CR on the right-side and nearly scored after a perfectly-taken free kick. He didn't outshine Ronaldo, but he was nonetheless active in attack. His productivity dropped in the second half as his take-ons were largely unsuccessful and his passes imprecise. He was subbed off for Isco.

Cristiano Ronaldo, 8: CR7 played like a man-possessed in the first half and showed no hesitation in running at Atletico's defenders and employing his dribbles, cuts, crosses, shots, and sprints. While he made a meal out of his one-on-one take-on against Siquiera, he rightfully earned a penalty for contact on his shins. As expected, Cristiano cooly slotted the shot to the bottom-right corner to tie up the match. His performance dipped slightly in the second-half, but that can be said for the entire team.

Benzema, 6: Karim was partially at-fault for Atleti's opening goal after the Frenchman failed to challenge Tiago on a corner-kick easily headed home by Simeone's man. Nevertheless, Benz began to grow into the game, particularly on the attacking front. Despite wasting a counter-attacking opportunity with an atypically heavy touch, Benz nearly scored on a great bouncing header and showed some brilliant dribbling skills as he maneuvered around defenders in the box. Unfortunately, Karim was largely invisible in the second half and was replaced by Chicharito.

Chicharito, 5: Sadly, Real's new striker was unable to influence the match in any regard. He barely touched the ball.

Isco, 7: What will it take for Isco to start? The Spaniard once again showed his composure, pause, and vision and nearly scored in the second half. While he wasn't at his absolute sharpest, he still looked active and aware of his surroundings. Carletto should give him a shot.

Varane (N/A): the Frenchman only played throw-away minutes.

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