During the international break, Santiago Solari was able to recoup Varane, Marcelo, and a slightly niggled Gareth Bale from the injury ward. All three stepped right back into the starting XI. Following all the controversial quotes over the past week, Asensio was given the nod and an opportunity to try and prove his “ambition”. A press resistant midfield of Ceballos, Kroos, and Modric started the match, with Ceballos again playing as the single pivot for Solari. It all looked well and good on paper, but the team lacked virtually everything in this game—creativity and ingenuity in the final third, organization in the back, strength and composure in the midfield, and then the intangibles—hunger, desire, passion, attitude—none of it was present. Eibar, who spent no more than €16M to compose the team of 14 players they used today, played Real Madrid off the park; it wasn’t even a closesly contested match. Ratings below:
Courtois—5: Shanked a couple of right foot clearances and doesn’t seem to have any command with his disorganized defense. Unlike Iker Casillas or Keylor Navas, who constantly talk throughout the match, you don’t see much of that from the Belgian. There was not much he could do on the goals, but his presence does not invoke security.
Odriozola—2.5: Shockingly bad from Alvaro Odriozola tonight. He could take some blame in nearly every goal. Cucurella will be in Alvaro’s nightmares as the winger gave him a torrid time. Kept Cucurella on side for the two opening goals and then was dispossessed and injured in the third goal. Tonight’s match will be one to forget for Odriozola.
Raphael Varane—3: Looked extremely rusty on his return from injury. Late to challenges, slow to react, and just a non-factor for Madrid. Completely switched off on the third goal, allowing Kike to get in front of him and toe poke the ball home.
Sergio Ramos—4: The captain would have been looking to put in a great performance to help brush aside some of the controversy following the FootballLeaks news, but he did no such thing. Sergi Enrich won most of their aerial duels, while Ramos and Varane were completely out of sync.
Marcelo—5: Out there for his offensive contribution, Marcelo offered absolutely nothing to the team’s attack.
Dani Ceballos—4: Played as the single pivot again tonight and was completely overrun by the Eibar midfield. Rather than holding his position and being disciplined, he opted to move up for a corner and try to get a shot away which Eibar countered from, blowing through the non-existent cover outside the box (where Ceballos should have been) and scoring the opening goal. Gave away silly fouls and simply did not look the part as a sole defensive midfielder.
Toni Kroos—4.5: Almost invincible in this match, contributed very little both offensively and defensively.
Luka Modric—4: The Croatians poor form continues as it was another performance to chalk up to “fatigue”. It’s time to give Modric his own mini preseason and rest him until end of January.
Marco Asensio—3: Had the opportunity to prove a point after his quotes last week and cement a position that is up for grabs in the starting XI, but brought absolutely nothing to the table.
Karim Benzema—4: How many times was Benzema caught offsides in this match? Simply inexcusable for a forward of his quality. The few times he did spring through Eibar’s high line, he failed to put his shot on target.
Gareth Bale—3: So much more is expected of the Welshman. Has not been good enough this season and patience is waning thin for Madrid fans.
Dani Carvajal—6: Tried to make an impact coming in by the game was too far gone already. Looked to attack and really push high up the field and press Eibar, but he was alone in his desire.
Isco—6: Replaced Modric and played as a center midfielder. Had some nice flicks and few nice tricks, but could not push the team forward.
Vinicius Junior—5: Brazilian tried to bring something different to the attack, but was caught on the ball a couple times and passed the ball into teammates ankles rather than his target.