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Real Madrid vs Valencia, La Liga 2015: Player Ratings

Not a bad performance overall, but one that ends with Real's chances of winning La Liga.

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Iker Casillas: 3. It's hard to swallow Casillas' form. While Valencia's second goal comes from a bad marking, Alcácer scored the opening one from a cross that went through the six-yard box. Most goalkeepers try to clear those crosses, but Casillas doesn't. Real Madrid will need much more from him if they want to go through in the Champions League, that's easy to tell.

Álvaro Arbeloa: 4. Arbeloa was never a match for Pablo Piatti's speed, so Ancelotti's decision to introduce him against such a quick attacker is questionable. The Italian replaced him with Carvajal right after halftime.

Pepe: 6. Scored Real Madrid's first goal and gave hope to his squad. Varane used this day to rest and Ancelotti will have to make a difficult call next Wednesday. Who will start?

Sergio Ramos: 5. Ramos had as many chances to score as Pepe, but the Portuguese capitalized. Although Casillas' performance should have been better, when Los Blancos concede twice it's easy to give the center backs a good rating.

Coentrao: 5. Coentrao at least delivered some interesting crosses during the 45 minutes in which he was involved. Still, it's hard to ask more from him after being such an obvious reserve all season long. Marcelo better be ready, because Coentrao isn't fit and ready enough to make an impact.

Kroos: -. The German played just 24 minutes before getting a hamstring injury that could keep him out of the match against Juventus.

James: 6. The Colombian player tried hard and crossed the ball well on Real's set pieces, but his touch wasn't entirely there tonight. Defensively, he worked hard and shouldn't be blamed for the two goals Real Madrid conceded.

Isco: 7. Just like James, Isco tried hard on and off the ball. The good thing for him is that he scored a stunning goal on the 83rd minute that put Real Madrid back into the game. Real will need his playmaking skills against Juventus, no matter if Kroos recovers in time or not.

Bale: 6. The Welsh attacker was Real Madrid's best player during the first 45 minutes, but it wasn't meant to be. It won't take long before he scores again if he keeps playing this way, though.

Cristiano Ronaldo: 4. Missed a penalty right before the halftime whistle that would've made Real Madrid's task much easier. His passing was also off all game long. Ronaldo must improve.

Chicharito: 6. The Mexican striker probably earned a place on Real Madrid's starting lineup for Wednesday's match against Juventus with his performance. Chicharito pressed Valencia's defense and midfield when his team was losing, something that allowed Real to recover the ball very quickly.

Illarramendi: 4. The team needed him to take some risks, but he decided to be irrelevant again. Illarramendi is afraid of missing a pass and that should keep him out of future lineups.

Marcelo and Carvajal: 5. Very similar performance from the two fullbacks Ancelotti introduced after halftime. Both players worked hard and ignited the squad. This is the attitude and courage Real need against Juventus, no question about that.

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