It was a night to forget for Real Madrid in Seville. In recent years, the Sánchez Pizjuán has become a stadium filled with bad memories and tonight was no different.
Thibaut Courtois—5: Hung out to dry on most of the goals by his non-existent midfield and disorganized defense. Parried the second goal straight into the middle of the box rather than outside one of the two posts and Andre Silva latched on to the ball and buried his second of the match with ease. As with nearly every Madrid player, it was a night to forget.
Nacho—5: Normally, Nacho steps in and does a job—with very little drop-off or negative impact to Madrid’s play. That was not the case tonight. He offered nothing from an attacking perspective and was part of a defense that was cut apart every which way in the opening 45 minutes.
Raphael Varane—5: Varane and Nacho were the better half of a backline in shambles. On the first goal for Sevilla, Varane left Andre Silva vacant in the middle to press the ball carrier when he was probably better off staying put and marking the more dangerous attacker.
Sergio Ramos—3: Not what you expect of your captain, especially in an environment where he would want to give his best. Machin’s Sevilla continually exploited the half-space between Sergio Ramos and Marcelo. On Sevilla’s opening goal, Ramos looked like he could not be bothered to try and recover and prevent any further danger. It was a simple jog back without any urgency for which the situation required. He failed to lead his team out of an intense opening 15-20 minutes and the dominoes continued to fall.
Marcelo—3: Alongside his veteran teammate Ramos, Marcelo had another torrid night at the Sanchez Pizjuan. Real Madrid might as well mark an away trip to Sevilla as a date to rest Marcelo. In his 12 years with the club, he has failed to produce a solid performance against Sevilla in the Pizjuan. Year after year they target the half-space on Madrid’s left flank and each year it is exploited. Things improved slightly in the second half when Madrid played with three center backs (Casemiro, Varane, Ramos) and moved Marcelo and Nacho up to wing backs, but it was only enough to keep Sevilla further off the board. To make matters worse, the Brazilian came off injured and looks certain to miss Saturday’s match against Atletico.
Casemiro—5: Casmeiro and the whole midfield were completely overrun in the opening 45 minutes. He failed to stop any counter attacks and failed to impose himself in the match. Moved into center back in the second 45 which redeemed his match rating a bit—he made a number of good tackles and on a few occasions was the last man back in a 3 v 1 and ended up stopping Sevilla’s counter.
Toni Kroos—5.5: Toni Kroos was the one midfielder who played a decent game. Like the rest of his teammates, was blown away and overrun in the first half defensively, but in possession he was always looking vertical outlets and found himself in a couple of good shooting positions.
Luka Modric—4:The Croatian wizard was far from his best tonight, looked lethargic and was bossed around by Banega on multiple occasions. Uncharacteristically, he buckled under Sevilla’s numbers in midfield and was a shadow of his usual self.
Marco Asensio—2.5: When the game got tough, Marco was nowhere to be found. Madrid needs him to pick up the ball and drive at defenders, create scoring opportunities, and retain possession—none of that happened. A very poor performance from Marco Asensio.
Gareth Bale—6: Along with Kroos, Bale was one of the few redeeming factors from the starting XI. He tracked all the way back to block a certain goal within his own six yard box, he hit the post with a bullet shot, and when he was on the ball he was tidy in possession. Could not impose himself as much as he wanted due to Sevilla’s tactical master class and the poor performance of his fellow teammates.
Karim Benzema—2.5: Benzema’s early season form has dipped in the last few games and tonight was by far his worst performance of the season. He failed to make any real impact.
Mariano—5.5: Was brought on to try and elevate Madrid’s game and worked tirelessly to hound the opposition, but failed to produce anything noteworthy in attack.
Dani Ceballos—7: Madrid’s best player after he entered the match. He got on the ball and took players on, drawing foul after foul from his Seville counterparts. He looked up for the match and had a chip on his shoulder being a former Betico.
Lucas Vazquez—5: Another substitute appearance for Lucas and another appearance where he has offered very little. In years prior, Lucas justified his selection with production—goals and assists; none of that has been present this year. Operated as a right wing back, but brought little to the table in a game that desperately needed one of Carvajal or Odriozola.