Four matches into preseason and Real Madrid have yet to secure a win within 90 minutes of gameplay. Six goals scored and an alarming twelve conceded. Zidane set the team out in a 4-4-2 with Rodrygo Goes getting the surprise start at left midfield. Hazard was placed as a second striker, in a free role, just behind Karim Benzema. Madrid’s game once again lacked intensity, verticality, rhythm, nor was there any true incremental improvement tactically. The scrapes and scars from last season are still raw, and Zidane’s team selections and the overall gameplay have done little to mask and heal those wounds. Keylor Navas played the full 90 minutes with Thibaut Courtois out injured and was a leading light. Without his spectacular saves Madrid likely would have lost by two or three goals. Tomorrow is another day, and yet another game. Potentially there is an opportunity for Zidane to play some more young players, who have been the few positives in this unimpressive preseason. Full match ratings below:
Keylor Navas — 9: The Costa Rican did not put a foot wrong, he made some incredible saves to keep Madrid in the game. Without his performance, the score line likely would have been worse. Pochettino praised the goal keeper after the match as one of the very best in the world.
Dani Carvajal — 6.5: Probably the best of the defense, nullified the threat provided by Son and had a good last ditch challenge Dele Alli in the second half.
Raphael Varane — 5: Uncharacteristically sloppy in possession, with few heavy touches and wayward passes.
Sergio Ramos — 4.5: Nearly every time he’s faced Harry Kane, the Englishmen has gotten the better of him. Today was no different and despite his best efforts to make amends for Hazard and Marcelo’s mistakes leading up to the first goal, he just couldn’t compete with Kane’s physicality and deft touch.
Marcelo — 4: Awful mistake leading up to Tottenham’s goal — tried to salvage a square pass from Hazard, but instead of just allowing the ball to trickle out or attempting to put a foot on it to stop it dead, he dinks the ball overtop of Sergio Ramos and leads Harry Kane in on goal. Did little in the attack to mitigate the damage caused by his sloppy play.
Lucas Vazquez — 4.5: Attempted to take Rose on 1 v 1 on countless occasions, but he either tripped on the ball or was dispossessed. Offered very little to a toothless Madrid attack.
Toni Kroos — 4.5: Nothing noteworthy about Toni Kroos’ performance. Needs to play ith more purpose and a drive / verticality towards the opponents net. Had a few shots that didn’t test the Spurs keeper.
Luka Modric — 5: It will be quite the feat if Zidane can resurrect the old Luka Modric, consistently. The last word being the key. Struggles with defending counters in transition and still lacking total match fitness.
Rodrygo Goes — 8: Dynamic, brave, and direct. Rodrygo barely put a foot wrong. The Brazilian was one of the very few bright spots in an otherwise dull and lifeless Madrid side.
Rodrygo, playing as a left midfielder, was the best of the bunch in that first half. Not afraid to drive at his defender, was confident in possesion, and consistently made the right decision when on the ball. Weight of his passes an under appreciated factor as well.— Matt Wiltse (@MattWiltse4) July 30, 2019
Eden Hazard — 4.5: The Belgian’s rating may be slightly harsh, but you expect more given the level of the player. Madrid struggled to get him the ball and some his decision making on whether to pass or shoot, was poor.
Karim Benzema — 3: Missed a good opportunity after Luka Modric low driven pass across goal. Misplaced a number of easy passes and failed to impose himself in the match. The question of where the goals will come from this year, much like last season, still remains.
Nacho—5.5: Played as a center back and then the final 20 minutes as a left back and did well, performed best as a left back.
Fede Valverde — 7: Tidy in possession and strong in the tackle — two things we now come to expect of the Uruguayan. His athleticism just gives the team a lift in the middle of the park.
Vinicius JR — 5.5: Positioned on the left and had a few moments where he showed off his raw speed, but yet to rekindle the form that made him one of the first names on the team sheet last season.
Alvaro Odriozola — 5: Played the last ten minutes only had a few touches on the ball.
Kubo — 7: His first couple of passes were wayward, but once he settled into the game Kubo became one of the other bright spots. Had two scintillating shots which forced Hugo Lloris into a save for each effort. Looks a very good player.
Mariano — 6: His first appearance of the preseason and he tried to make the most of the last ten minutes. Always works hard, but didn’t have much service.
Seaone — N/A: Replaced Modric in the final minutes.
De La Fuente — N/A: Replaced Marcelo in the final minutes and pushed Nacho to left back