After a mid-week loss to Sevilla, Zidane and his men looked to right the ship ahead of the UCL final. Gareth Bale and Isco returned to the line-up. Zidane set the team up in a 4-1-4-1. Despite some quality play and dangerous attacks from Celta, Madrid were simply too lethal. Gareth Bale has come into form and scored two goals which exemplified all that he can bring to this Madrid attack. All in all a 6-0 route was a great way to end the season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Keylor Navas—9: Has improved his weak foot distribution and has proven to be more calm and composed with the ball at his feet. Made a late first half save —sprawling save—on a Wass header. He now pinpoints his punts to start Madrid attacks, much like Iker Casillas used to do.
Achraf—7.5: Still looks like a boy growing into his body, simply because he is—but it was a performance that will improve his confidence. Struggled to defend against Lucas Boye on Celta’s left. Though in the opposite direction got into great advanced positions. Combined well with Modric and Kroos on more than one occasions to slip through Celta’s backline. Still struggles with the final pass, but that composure will likely come with experience. In the second half, on one of his many marauding attacking runs, nabbed a goal—his second in La Liga this season.
Raphael Varane—7.5: The leader of the backline as Sergio Ramos sat this one out. Varane commanded his box and kept Maxi Gomez uncharacteristically quiet.
Nacho—7.5: Spectacular, didn’t put a foot wrong albeit one misplaced pass late in the game. Was composed in possession and phenomenal defensively, sweeping everything up.
Marcelo—7.5: The birthday boy, celebrating his 30th with a good performance! Some of his touches were other-wordly and his combination play down the left with Isco and later Asensio was brilliant.
Casemiro—7: Madrid Played mostly in a 4-1-4-1 with Casemiro as the anchor. Kept it simple and his one touch passing was smooth and crisp. Stuck to his job and put in a solid performance.
Toni Kroos—8.5: We must be grateful for every game we get to see Modric and Kroos combine. Both the brainiacs were at their best and picked apart Celta’s defensive holes with ease. Grabbed a goal and an assist on the night.
Luka Modric—8.5: As mentioned above, Luka was critical to Madrid’s success on the night. Combined well down the right side of the pitch with Achraf and Bale, looking to use both of their speed to breakthrough the high line Celta had imposed. Had a lovely assist for Bale’s second goal.
Isco—8.5: Playing on the left side of a five man midfield, Isco was superb. He scored a beautiful in-swinging shot which nestled into the upper 90.
Gareth Bale—9: Can Zidane afford to keep this monster on the bench for a UCL final? Scored two great goals, the second a pure goalzo which personified everything that Gareth can bring to a team. Was unlucky not complete his hat trick.
Karim Benzema—6.5: Again he was unable to nab a goal, but again he played a critical role as facilitator and his runs helped open up space for the likes of Bale and Isco.
Marco Asensio—7: Active and involved down the left flank. Had some nice touches and it was his cross that was deflected in for Madrid’s fifth and an own goal.
Borja Mayoral—7.5: A kick save denied him of what would have been a good one-time finish. Brought a lot of energy and looked to combine when he entered the match. Unselfishly laid the ball off to Kroos to score Madrid’s sixth.
Lucas Vazquez—6: Game was wrapped up by the time Lucas entered. Had a quiet outing, but kept things simple and provided width.
Zinedine Zidane—8: A 6-0 victory is a nice way to close out the season at the Santiago Bernabeu. The team played in a 4-1-4-1 and the four midfield attacking options—Isco, Modric, Kroos, and Bale—combined to devastating affect.
MOTM: Gareth Bale