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Real Madrid – Barça: the tops and flops

In the early morning, this Sunday, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona clashed in Los Angeles (0-1). Here are our editorial reviews.

The game

More on their legs and a little more advanced in their preparation, Barça entered their game better by pressing which ended up causing the loss of Militao which led to the only goal of the match. The Merengues had a burst of pride at the end of the first period thanks to Vinicius in particular but without ever worrying Ter Stegen more than that.

Back from the locker room, Ancelotti brought in his middle trio (Case, Kroos, Modric) and Real Madrid had more control without it really improving the quality of the team’s game. Once again, Thibaut Courtois came out of the woods at the end of the game to prevent his team from taking on water. Finally, it should be noted that Real Madrid did not target a single shot against Barça …

Individual performance

Courteous : Can’t do anything about Raphina’s magnificent goal. However, we feel he is already well prepared: a save on Lewandowski at the start of the match, a good outing on Ansu Fati to close his angle of attack too. When he returned from the locker room, he made three other big parades.

Rudiger : The surprise of Carlo since the German evolved on the left side of the defense but we can underline that he defended well and that he tried to bring offensively.

Alaba : It was said a few days ago that he preferred to continue playing in an axial role, that’s what happened tonight and he was, by far, Real’s best defender. A huge intervention in front of Lewandowski in particular.

Military : The flop of the first period. He was the weak element and he cracked on a raise which allowed Raphina to open the scoring.

lucas vazquez : He finished the first half better than he started it, but Real’s defensive right side was a weak point last night. He had offered a nice assist to Asensio after returning from the locker room.

Chouameni : Good and less good for the Frenchman, who lost a few balls but who defends well. He evolves in a key role where automatisms are very important, so we will have to give him time to adapt.

Valverde : Correct performance from the Uruguayan, who nevertheless cannot yet express all his physical qualities at this time of the season. He fired another missile at the pole. Overall, the Madrid midfielder was clearly less in the legs than that of Barça.

Camavinga : One of the best Madridians of the first act. He lost a very dangerous ball but for the rest, the Frenchman made an excellent copy. Very safe on the ball.

Rodrygo : The most prominent player offensively. Some accelerations and dribbles without it materializing concretely by anything. He passed 9 when he returned from the locker room and he disappeared from the radar.

Vinicius : Getting started was difficult, quite long. It went crescendo and rose significantly in temperature at the end of the half.

hazard : In this role of false number 9, Hazard was extremely little found by his teammates. It was not the expected fixing point and still lacks rhythm. This is valid for all players, however.

Vallejo – Nacho : Both entered in the second period and were satisfactory, particularly Jesus Vallejo who was not necessarily expected.

Casemiro, Kroos, Modric: The Brazilian took time to enter his second period by multiplying the bad passes. The second was in his standards while Modric made a small part for the recovery.

Dani Ceballos: Another satisfaction from the match and the feeling, more than ever, that Real Madrid must keep it this season. He is a different profile from the other three youngsters and he will certainly be useful to Carlo Ancelotti. Lots of mobility and a high-end technical touch…

Asensio / Odriozola: The former played the entire second half and missed a huge chance to equalise. He was ghostly. Regarding Odriozola, he also did not make a strong impression, always giving the impression that he is a featherweight who plays in the heavyweight category.

Ferland Mendy : The Real Madrid side did not innovate and was as usual very strong defensively and especially in the duels. He also negotiated a few raises well.

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