With the victory, Zinedine Zidane’s team sit second in Group A but aren’t necessarily confirmed a spot in the knockout stages and more work is still needing to be done. This showing however, is positive.
See the player ratings from the match below.
Thibaut Courtois — 7: Didn’t have much to do today against the opponents since Real Madrid held 64 per cent possession. But, there were a few times Galatasaray could have scored one of their own and he made good saves. Adding another clean sheet should boost his confidence even more.
Dani Carvajal — 8: Very good performance from the right back. He worked well with Rodrygo and wasn’t out of position too much. Went back to taking responsibility for crossing the ball in towards goal which helped Rodrygo move into open space. Setting up Benzema’s second goal was another positive.
Sergio Ramos — 7.5: Did well to lead his team to another Champions League victory at the Santiago Bernabeu. Moved fluidly around the pitch yet when he needed to be in his position at the back he was never caught out. Responsible for the penalty and easily converted it to give Real their third goal. Calm and cool showing from the captain.
Raphaël Varane — 7.5: Sometimes ran forward which might be a tad bit out of character nut given the scoreline he would of course be eager to move forward. Still covered the back line very good alongside his captain. Clearances at the back were also spot on.
Marcelo — 7: Provided lots of action on the left, was able to provide two great assists to fellow Brazilian Rodrygo so he could score the opening two goals of the game. Could have been rated higher but only played for 40 minutes.
Casemiro — 8: Another great performance from the Brazilian. Was good in support for both the defence and the midfield and helped maintain control of the game which helped Madrid easily defeat their opponents.
Toni Kroos — 8.5: The key in the midfield again for the team. Helped them recover the ball if the other players were out of position. Held 93 per cent passing accuracy and covered the most distance out of the team.
Fede Valverde — 7: The young Uruguayan looked good on the pitch, moving positionally back and fourth with Casemiro and the two shared defending responsibilities. Picked up a yellow card in the first half and could have had a second one, needs to be a bit more cautious.
Eden Hazard — 8: Did very well at the start of the match to use his speed and drag defenders into the box. Often looked to play the ball off to teammates making runs and showed an appetite for hunger during the game which has somewhat been lacking this season.
Rodrygo Goes — 9: Not much more you could ask for from the 18-year old. Two goals in seven minutes to open up the game, then set up Benzema and scored a third in the dying seconds of the game to secure his record breaking hat-trick. Never stopped showing his intent during the game and proved to be a serious threat.
Karim Benzema — 8.5: The was another leader on the pitch for Real and especially for Rodrygo. Snagged a pair of goals himself and then managed to play a good one-two with the Brazilian to gift him his hat-trick. Reliable as per usual.
Ferland Mendy — 6.5: Came on for Marcelo in the first half. Took a while to warm up to the game even with his team dominating. Towards the end, he looked eager to go 1 v. 1 with defenders and cross balls into the box for his teammate. Some intricate footwork was nice to see too.
Luka Modric — 6.5: Replaced Casemiro at the 60 minute mark. Had a decent showing but it was clear Valverde got the starting spot for a reason. Little slower than usual and played deeper on the pitch. Not a bad performance, just better options were available.
Isco — 7: Came on for Hazard with 20 minutes left in the game and almost made a direct impact on the game right away. Nice to see him back in action and for the time he was on the pitch he looked willing to keep pushing forward despite the margin, which says a lot.