The mini-Clasico finished in a scoreless draw, but it could of been so much more. Real Madrid Castilla had chance after chance to win this game by a comfortable margin and failed to do so. It’s been the story of the season so far, but at the very least, Raul can take an encouraging performance into next week.
Here are the player ratings from the game:
Toni Fuidas - 6: Had practically nothing to do all game, the ideal game for your goalkeeper.
Peter Federico - 9: This was by far the best game we’ve seen by wing back Peter, a fact greatly influenced by the fact that Barcelona never really challenged him defensively and the back three - see Marvel - provided good coverage for him.
Another good opportunity for Castilla . Peter’s shot wasn’t far from going in.— Real Madrid Fabrica (@FabricaMadrid) October 16, 2021
Castilla could have already scored 3 goals. pic.twitter.com/5nVXTwRKq8
Released on Barcelona, Peter set up countless chances, nearly scored the goal of the season and probably should of won a penalty. He came off in the midway through the second half for Marvin Park with the only blot on his record that Castilla weren’t home and dry on the scoreboard.
Rafa Marin - 6.5: Given his age and relative lack of experience, perhaps saying that Marin didn’t have any standout moments is a good thing? No complaints from this viewer anyways.
Mario Gila - 6.5: Deployed at right center back where he had some nice touches and passes. It was a pretty quiet game for the Castilla defense so its hard to say much about either Gila or Marin, Marvel was the exception.
Marvel Garzón- 8: The young center back was Castilla’s most prominent defender in the game and- in spite of Barcelona’s poor showing up front - has put another performance that is going to give Raul selection headaches when Pablo Ramon returns from injury. For his age, Marvel is an extremely mature and intelligent defender and its exciting to see him enjoy a potential breakout year for Castilla this season
مارفن قلب الدفاع الصغير أنقذ الكاستيا من هدف محقق، برشلونة أخطر فالعشر دقائق الأخيرةpic.twitter.com/qCudxwZ2du— Red John (@redjohn_7) October 16, 2021
Miguel Gutierrrez - 6.5: Played on the less active side of the pitch during the first half so was only allowed a few opportunities to show that LaLiga quality he has. Did have a nice dribble towards the end of the first 45.
Carlos Dotor - 7.5: Comfortably Carlos’s best game of the season. At his best, Dotor is dynamic and a tireless force in midfield, something which Castilla have sorely missed so far this season. He combined with Peter and Aranda really well up front and, crucially, tracked back consistently which made it to cover gaps from Castilla’s high pressing wing backs.
Antonio Blanco - 7: A standard Antonio Blanco game given how little Barcelona B closed him down. His long passing in the second half was exceptional and the visitors found themselves stretched on a couple occasions due to Blanco’s quick switches of play.
Sergio Arribas - 7: Yet another player who could of gotten on the score sheet, enjoyed linking up with Peter out wide and sliding off tackles in the box.
Oscar Aranda - 8: Had Castilla’s two best chances of the game by far, drawing an excellent save from Inaki Pena from range and putting another chance into the side netting. Ceded alot of the spotlight to Peter as the game went on.
Andri Gudjohnsen - 5.5: Quiet match from the sole man in the Castilla squad who was on international duty over the last fortnight. Perhaps those trips are affecting his performances for Castilla, but so far the Iceland striker hasn’t managed to replicate his country form for Raul’s side. He came off with Peter in the 67th minute for Juan Latasa.
Marvin Park, Theo Zidane, Juan Latasa - 6: None of the subs had the effect Raul would of desired. In their defence, they came on at a time when Castilla heads were starting to drop from all the missed chances and Barcelona B were enjoying a purple patch. They ensured at least a point, but that’s the most you could say for either of the trio.