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Player Ratings: Real Madrid 4 - Leganes 1; 2018 La Liga

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Karim Benzema nets two and leads Madrid to a third consecutive La Liga win

Real Madrid CF v CD Leganes - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Three games, ten goals, and nine points—Lopetegui’s men have started the La Liga season in fine form. The evenings match against Leganes was the final before the latest international break. Luka Modric, Raphael Varane, and Courtois all were given a start. Karim Bezema netted two goals, Bale grabbed one, and Ramos dispatched another penalty which Asensio won yet again. The team is responding well to Lopetegui’s demands, but bigger tests remain after the break.

Thibaut Courtois—6: Had virtually nothing to do the whole game, but did face a penalty kick. Dived the wrong way and Carrillo tucked the goal away. Looked more comfortable than expected with the ball at his feet.

Dani Carvajal—8: Constant attacking outlet on the right flank. A little inconsistent with his crossing, but his engine was relentless and his first touch was fantastic. Ramos and Kroos constantly had the switch available to Carvajal, who could beat his man with one active and attacking touch.

Raphael Varane—7: Hardly put a foot wrong as Carrillo and the rest of the Leganes attack struggled to muster any real threat.

Sergio Ramos—8.5: Against deep opposition, Ramos makes himself an offensive threat with his ability to quickly switch the play. His direct and diagonal long balls to switch the play, forced Leganes back and took them out of shape giving Bale and Carvajal the freedom to attack the open space. Netted yet another penalty goal, his third of the season.

Marcelo—6.5: Not an otherworldly performance from Marcelo, but did his job and, as always, made himself an attacking threat from the flank linking up well with Asensio and Benzema.

Casemiro—6.5: Countless well timed tackles to prevent Leganes from breaking on the counter, but did give away a penalty which the cross-town neighbors converted to equalize. Was tidy in possession and limited his misplaced passes.

Toni Kroos—7.5: As Madrid continues to dominant possession, 77% on the day, Kroos is at the heart of each play and crucial to retaining said possession. His importance in Lopetegui’s system cannot be emphasized enough—again putting in another ball dominant and pass-master display.

Luka Modric—7: Booked ridiculously early in the match for a fair tackle and was rather subdued for the rest of the opening 45 minutes. His influence grew in the second half, where he laid the ball off for Benzema to net his second and Madrid’s third.

Marco Asensio—8: Unlucky not to score within the first ten minutes after breaking through 1v1 and looping the ball over Cuellar, but the finish landed just inches from finding the back of the net. Drew yet another penalty (after drawing two vs Girona) while providing an assist for Benzema on the go-ahead goal.

Gareth Bale—8: Another goal as the Welshman has started the season on fire. He constantly swapped flanks with Asensio and was dangerous throughout.

Karim Benzema—9: Four goals in three league games, the Frenchman is stepping up in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitutions:

Isco—8: Very lively after coming on—performed an incredible roulette that nearly led to another goal for Madrid. Linked up well with his teammates and always took care of the ball. Probably should have scored late on after a good pass from Lucas Vazquez, but his shot was right at Cuellar’s chest.

Dani Ceballos—7: Spurred by his recent call-up to the Spanish NT by Luis Enrique, Dani C looked confident and assured in possession.

Lucas Vazquez—6.5: Lopetegui seems to have Vazquez penciled in to take Bale out within the last ten minutes of each game. Had one moment where he slipped Isco in with a well time low drive cross, but the Malaga man hit his one-time shot straight at Cuellar.