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Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2 - Club Brugge 2; 2019 Champions League Group Stage

A disappointing result with many individual performances coming under scrutiny

Real Madrid v Club Brugge KV: Group A - UEFA Champions League Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid produced a first half against Club Brugge riddled with individual errors and exasperated by a system which bled every time a vertical pass and player with speed came through it. It was giveaway after giveaway, the misplaced passes from a host of players in white were punished and the Belgians led 2-0 going into the halftime break. Zidane was ultimately forced to make two changes at half, Marcelo and Areola, for the injured Nacho and Courtois. The team tried to produce a 3-goal comeback, but ultimately fell short. All the good credit and euphoria that had returned in the last few weeks quickly evaporated after tonight’s showing. Full match ratings below:

Thibaut Courtois—4.5: What really could Courtois do? He was left out to dry by his defense and could not be expected to save either goal. Though, it did feel like Madrid moved the ball quicker with Areola in net due to his technical abilities with the ball at his feet.

Dani Carvajal—4: So many misplaced passes in the first half or a slow 5 yard pass forward to Lucas Vazquez which provided nothing for the team. Lost the ball on the opening goal and then was caught out of shape with Brugge ready to counter. Like the rest of the team, improved in the second half but it was too little too late.

Raphael Varane—4.5: Caught in two minds on Brugge’s opening goal. The Frenchman couldn’t decide whether to step out and press or drop off and find shape. He decided on neither option, instead staying in no-man’s-land, when he should have dropped off.

Sergio Ramos—5.5: Awful first half, was one of many culprits who gave the ball away and allowed Brugge to counter on a 3 v 1. Fortunately for Ramos, he wasn’t punished like Modric. His second half was far better and the captain did everything he could to try and turn the game around including scoring the first goal for Madrid.

Nacho—4: Offered very little offensively when Madrid were desperate for goals. Came off at halftime and looks to have injured his knee with a 2.5 month recovery expected.

Casemiro—6.5: Like Ramos, Carvajal, Modric, and so many others, Casemiro had some poor giveaways in the first half. In the second half, he was a man possessed and did well circulating possession with urgency and taking a couple of powerful shots. Eventually scored the equalizer through a headed goal off a Kroos set piece.

Toni Kroos—7: One of the only decent performers for Madrid today. Produced a brilliant assist for Casemiro and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself.

Luka Modric—3.5: Took total blame for the second goal after misplacing a pass to Ramos and playing Bonaventure through on goal. Looked out of sync with his teammates and likely rushed back into the team too soon.

Lucas Vazquez—3.5: In a team that was desperate for offensive curation and lethal finishers, Lucas Vazquez was not the answer. Far too often he dribbled into opponents or played a simple and unnecessary 5 yard pass backwards or lateral.

Eden Hazard—6: A more encouraging showing from Eden, who showed a lot of effort tonight but still lacked that world class performance that is expected of him.

Karim Benzema—5.5: Played well in the second half, but over complicated things in the first half and was over reliant on developing a chemistry with Hazard when other options were available

Substitutions:

Areola—7: Was quick off his line, quick with his distribution, and showed good quality with the ball at his feet.

Marcelo—6: Player mostly as a left winger and drifted into advanced central positions rather than a fullback, but helped Madrid’s offensive production in the second half.

Vinicius JR—6: Replaced Lucas Vazquez on the right wing and almost immediately provided an assist. Had a few moments where he lingered too long on the ball or made the wrong pass, but also had moments where he was electric and untouchable 1 v1.

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