A Madrid derby usually always brings along some saucy action, and this time it was Getafe had more at stake as they looked to hold that fourth spot! They managed to do just that, although it didn’t take any goals in a 0-0 draw. With Sergio Reguilón, Fede Valverde and Brahim Díaz all getting opportunities to impress, how did they all get on exactly? Find out below...
Keylor Navas — 7.5: It wasn’t the most exciting game, but there was plenty going on to keep Keylor Navas occupied. Without him Real Madrid would have left the stadium with no points. He mopped up any sign of danger that came his way. One double save in-particular was the saving grace of the game, as he got down low to make the first stop before springing back to action to deny the second attempt.
Dani Carvajal — 6.5: Looked good on the ball as Madrid saw a large amount of it. When going forward he wasn’t as noticeable as he can be, but he still could have had an assist after finding Isco in front of goal. Defensively he was strong and he worked well with Brahim Díaz to make that right hand side problematic for Getafe.
Nacho Fernández — 6.5: A concrete performance for the reliable defender. He needed to justify his place over the impressive Vallejo, and managed to do that. Getafe’s main threat came from crosses into the area and both centre-back’s nullified that danger for the most part.
Raphaël Varane — 6.5: He rarely got a chance to use that blistering pace, but did leave first gear to snuff out a chance at an opening from Mata. Like Nacho, Varane was mostly dominant in the air and added to the feeling of safety whenever the opponents had the ball.
Sergio Reguilón — 6: It was good to see Sergio involved again, and although this wasn’t his best showing he still contributed a fair amount. His touch was sound and like his opposite full-back, he was on it defensively - whilst lacking that usual attacking flare.
Fede Valverde — 6: It was a slow start to the game for Fede, but after a few misplaced passes and nervy moments he settled into the game nicely. If he didn’t pick up a yellow and flirt with a red, then he may have completed the game. Got a couple of shots in and some skillfull touches. The more he plays the better he looks, so hopefully he’ll continue to feature quite regularly.
Casemiro — 6: Casemiro was an important figure during the clean-sheet mission, and did his part to break up the Getafe play. On the ball he didn’t join his teammates on the attack very much, but his job was well kept regardless.
Isco — 6.5: Although Isco was not as effective has he would have liked, he was certainly involved in a lot of Madrid’s attacking play. His direct ball through to Benzema in the opening minutes was assist worthy, and it was not the only forceful long pass that he made. His ball carrying was on point, although it was shown up by Brahim Díaz on the day. Isco had a good chance to score from close range, but a defender put in a vital block at the last second.
Gareth Bale — 5.5: Gareth created small spells of danger, but overall was pretty muted. Another player that could have picked up an assist or two for Benzema. In terms of shooting I can’t actually remember a single instance.
Brahim Díaz — 8: Man of the match. There haven’t been many starts available for the youngster, but he really made this one count. His start was active, but as the game grew older Brahim grew braver on the ball. By the second half he was trying ridiculous things that perhaps on another day would have failed and left him red faced - but not today. One skill in-particular when he weirdly turned on the edge of Madrid’s box and it nutmegged an opponent was heavenly. Despite all of his good play he was not much of a danger in-font of goal, and took one shot that got the keeper thinking. The chances he created for others were more prominent. This could be the game that changes a lot for Brahim.
Karim Benzema — 6: A quieter one for the man in form. He saw a lot of the ball as Madrid tried to create chances early on, but squandered multiple chances, some bigger than others. Karim was probably still Real Madrid’s most dangerous player when it came to actually taking on chances.
Lucas Vázquez — 4.5: Came on for the top quality Brahim with around twenty minutes to go, but could not impose himself on the game as much as the youngster he replaced.
Marco Asensio — 4.5: Marco was part of a double substitution and replaced Gareth Bale, but like Lucas he failed to have much influence on the game if any.
Toni Kroos — 6: Toni came on for Fede Valverde, and unlike the other two substitutes, he did bring something onto the pitch with him. There wasn’t much time for him, but he still controlled the flow and played a couple of important attacking passes as Madrid looked to steal the points late on.
Real Madrid don’t go through to many goalless games, but this one was probably a fair result. It was refreshing to see a number of the youngsters make good of their opportunities, but there are still other players in the squad yet to get their fair share. Overall it wasn’t the worst 0-0 you’re ever going to see, and seeing Brahim Díaz in full swing sure was fun.