At long last, the first preseason game of the season. Hazard formed part of a familiar starting XI which featured the usual “once de gala” with Asensio on the right and Isco as one of the central midfielders. That team showed glimpses of their quality, but ended the half down 1-0. The second half saw Zidane throw out a bunch of young players in an unconventional formation and the team simply were overrun. The lone bright spot was a beautiful goal from Rodrygo. Full ratings below:
Thibaut Courtois—7: Made a number of strong saves with Bayern testing the big Belgian on a number of occasions, including a vicious shot from Thiago outside of the box.
Dani Carvajal—4: The rust was real for Dani— struggled defensively against Coman and Alaba. The first goal scored by Bayern stemmed from Dani’s inability to get goal-side of Coman.
Sergio Ramos—6: Aggressive and assertive defensively. Muller was the lone striker up top and couldn’t impose himself against Ramos and Varane.
Varane—6: Calm and collected in possession and assured defensively. A reliable Varane performance.
Marcelo—6.5: Looking fit for this time of year. Bombed forward in typical Marcelo fashion and had a number of crosses and runs that caused the Bayern defense problems. Had a few defensive lapses, but overall an encouraging performance vs previous season’s memories
Toni Kroos—7: His typical surgical passes were on display. Probably the best of the midfield. Sprung Hazard free on a couple of occasions and there is great potential in that partnership on the left side of the pitch.
Luka Modric—6.5: Had a good energy and looks to have his legs under him. Put a few dangerous crosses in and held a slightly deeper position.
Isco—5.5: Worked tremendously hard both on and off the ball, but failed to bring any real end product.
Marco Asensio—5: A preseason type performance. Would like to see Marco take more initiative and grab hold of a match. Needs to make himself more of a threat throughout. Made sure to be in the right spots defensively— both with pressing and tucking in / working back on transitions.
Eden Hazard—8: Most good things came from the feet of the Belgian. He was Madrid’s most dangerous attacker in the first half. You can tell he is still integrating with his teammates and developing that chemistry, but all positive signs.
Karim Benzema—4: Looked a little bit off the pace. A few heavy touches coupled with a disconnected forward line made Benz a non-factor. Had a few good moments holding up the ball, but little else to note. Missed a couple of sitters.
Keylor Navas—6: Not much can be said about the Ticos performance as Zidane rolled out a young team with virtually no midfield and three youth teammers in defense. Madrid was fortunate their weren’t more goals conceded in the second half.
De La Fuente—3: One of the many Fabrica products who were overrun by a strong Bayern squad. Looked way out of his depth, especially out of position at right back.
Nacho—5: Captain of the B Squad which had to deal with the likes of Lewandowski and Gnarby. Probably the lone defender who was decent in the second half.
Javi Hernandez—3: Lewandowski made him look like a Castilla player rather than Real Madrid first team player. Looked clumsy and frantic in possesion and overcommitted defensively. Played a part in Bayern’s second and third goal.
Ferland Mendy—5: Can work his way up the pitch at a freighting pace. Had a number of heavy touches and looked to be nervous.
Seaone—5: The lone natural center midfielder in the second half. Worked hard, but was left out their on his own with no midfield structure.
Rodrygo—6.5: Played as a central midfielder with an unorthodox pairing of Kubo and Seaone. Had one brilliant moment late in the game where he burst through and was brought down by the Bayern keeper who saw a red card as the last man. Then stepped up and took the free kick to score a gorgeous goal. The 18 year old announced himself to Real Madrid with that goal.
Kubo—7: Plays with no fear, and so natural / fluid. Was positioned in an advanced central midfield role with Rodrygo and Seaone, but dropped deep often to help connect the play. Already looks well above the Castilla level.
Lucas Vazquez—4.5: All of the front three brought little to nothing to the match, partly due to the lack of any true midfield structure.
Vinicius JR—4.5: With no true midfield, Vini struggled to get the ball and was starved of the service he residues to go 1 v 1.
Luka Jovic—4.5: Not the cameo he had hoped for. Likely would have thrived with the service Benzema received, but the young B team Madrid squad was no match for Bayern.