Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-0 Athletic Club – 2023/24

Real Madrid moved eight points clear at the top of LaLiga with a comfortable 2-0 win over Athletic Club on Sunday.

Rodrygo stepped in the absence of Vinicius and scored two superb goals to earn his side a very precious three points.

The win sees Los Blancos edge closer to the LaLiga title, with Los Blancos now sitting eight points clear of Barcelona heading into the final eight games of the 2023/24 season.

Player ratings:

Starting XI:

Andriy Lunin: 7/10

A quiet night for the Ukrainian who was rarely threatened throughout. Made a decent save to deny Inaki Williams early on in the second half.

Dani Carvajal: 6.5/10

A decent shift from the Spaniard. Carvajal wasn’t quite at his best but did enough.

Antonio Rüdiger: 7/10

Another very solid performance from the German who marshalled Guruzeta and Inaki extremely well. Rudiger is every centre forwards nightmare.

Nacho Fernandez: 6.5/10

Nacho made a number of important interventions and was relatively solid throughout. Was a little rash at times.

Ferland Mendy: 6.5/10

Mendy defended well and was good on the ball, completing 94% of his passes.

Fede Valverde: 7/10

Valverde worked hard on and off the ball and showed a couple of nice touches. Came off with a knock.

Aurélien Tchouaméni: 7/10

Tchouaméni was solid at the base of Madrid’s midfield diamond and came close to scoring with a header from a corner shortly before half-time.

Toni Kroos: 7.5/10

Toni Kroos ran the show once again and played a few remarkable passes. The German initiated the play that resulted in Rodrygo’s second goal.

Jude Bellingham: 7/10

Bellingham frequently found himself surrounded by Athletic players which restricted his impact on the game. The Englishman provided the assist for Rodrygo’s second goal after the break.

Brahim Diaz: 7/10

Played a beautiful cross-field pass in the build-up to Rodrygo’s opening goal. Was unlucky not to have scored after hitting the post shortly after the break.

Rodrygo Goes: 9/10

Back to his scintillating best, scoring two brilliant goals to secure all three points for his team. Should’ve had a penalty or two but VAR was nowhere to be seen once again. The Brazilian’s form will be crucial in this final stretch of the season.

Substitutions:

Joselu: 5/10 – Came on to replace Brahim Diaz. The Spaniard barely had a sniff.

Lucas Vazquez: N/A – Came on to replace Fede Valverde late on.

Luka Modric: N/A – Came on to replace Rodrygo late on.

Eduardo Camavinga: N/A – Came on to replace Toni Kroos late on.

Eder Militão: N/A – Came on to replace Carvajal for his first appearance in seven months following his ACL in the season opener. So good to have him back.

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