Player Ratings: RB Leipzig 3-2 Real Madrid – 2022/23

The Champions League holders lose for the first time this season, falling to a 3-2 defeat to Leipzig on Tuesday at the Red Bull Arena.

It was a horrible start to the game for Los Blancos who found themselves 2-0 down after just 20 minutes of play.

Vinicius halved the deficit just before the break only for Timo Werner to come off the bench and seal the win for the hosts in the 81st minute. Rodrygo won and converted a penalty in stoppage time but it was too little too late for Ancelotti’s men.

Despite the result, Real Madrid remain top of the group on 10 points, with Leipzig now just a point behind.

Player ratings:

Starting XI:

Thibaut Courtois: 5/10

Not much he could do to stop any of Leipzig’s goals. The Belgian wasn’t helped by his teammates who defended horribly.

Lucas Vazquez: 4/10

Offered very little in both defence and attack.

Eder Militao: 5/10

Found himself overwhelmed with the amount runs Leipzig were making. A night to forget for the Brazilian.

Nacho: 5/10

Started the game at centre-back before switching positions with Rüdiger. The Spaniard was helpless in stopping Leipzig’s attacks and was outplayed by the hosts’ attackers.

Antonio Rüdiger: 5/10

Started the game at left-back before moving to central defence after the team was 2-0 down. Weird decision by Ancelotti to play him out of position which horribly backfired. Poor just like the rest of Real Madrid’s defenders.

Eduardo Camavinga: 5/10

Slotted in for Modric. The young Frenchman looked completely lost at times and gave the ball away far too easily. Camavinga looks very low on confidence at the moment.

Aurélien Tchouaméni: 6/10

Started the game poorly but improved after the break. The Frenchman couldn’t influence the game much at all.

Toni Kroos: 6/10

Far from the player we’ve witnessed over the past few weeks. With Modric not available, it was down to Toni to lead with example in the middle of the park but the German failed to stamp his authority on proceedings.

Marco Asensio: 6/10

One of the very few positives for Real Madrid in this game. The Spaniard assisted Vinicius for Madrid’s first goal and made a number of decent deliveries which his teammates failed to take advantage of.

Rodrygo Goes: 5/10

The quietest Rodrygo has been all season. The Brazilian was nowhere to be seen up until he won and converted the penalty in added time.

Vinicius Jr: 6/10

Despite frustratingly missing a good amount of chances, Vinicius was once again the only player that truly got things moving in attack. The Brazilian scored just before half-time but should’ve had more than a goal to his name.

Substitutions:

Dani Carvajal: 6/10 Came on to replace Vazquez as Ancelotti looked to shore things at the back.

David Alaba: 6/10 Came on to replace Nacho. It was clear from tonight’s performance just how important the Austrian is to Real Madrid’s backline.

Eden Hazard: 6/10 Came on to replace Toni Kroos. The Belgian looked positive since his introduction.

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