FW Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 — The Ballon d’Or holder has failed to live up to his title since being crowned the world’s best last month, and this match was perhaps the …………
Real Madrid were left with few complaints after falling to a 4-0 thumping against a dominant Atletico Madrid side at the Vicente Calderon in the 260th Madrid derby on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Tiago, substitute Saul, the impressive Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic handed the Spanish capital bragging rights to Diego Simeone’s side and left Madrid with plenty to ponder from their 4,000th official match.
The result was not only emphatic as a one-off derby game, and one that perhaps flattered the losers and not the winners on this occasion, it also stretched Atleti’s unbeaten run against Madrid to six games in all competitions. Diego Simeone has certainly had Carlo Ancelotti’s number since the Champions League final in Lisbon in May.
Madrid will retain their place at the top of La Liga for another weekend at least, but Ancelotti has been left with plenty of work to do with his injury-hit squad after failing against their city rivals once again.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best; players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK Iker Casillas, 4 — Error allowed Atleti in for the opener. Tiago’s strike was well-hit but the Spanish international should have done better with the shot, which trickled through his fingers and into the back of the net. It handed Atleti the momentum and they did not look back.
DF Dani Carvajal, 5 — Was pulled out of position too many times, owing to a lack of understanding between the four at the back. He was out of position for Atleti’s second goal and when he did get back, he dived recklessly into a challenge on Guilherme Siqueira, who eventually crossed for Saul’s sizzling strike.
DF Raphael Varane, 4 — Endured a tough afternoon coming up against the powerful Mandzukic. Madrid were poor collectively at the back and lacked leadership in the absence of Sergio Ramos and Pepe. The former Lens man did not cover himself in glory when his slow reactions allowed Griezmann in to make it 3-0.
DF Nacho, 5 — Struggled throughout. He was second best in the air for the most part and was regularly caught out of position. A lack of communication and organisation at the back allowed Atleti to threaten nearly every time they got within striking distance.
DF Fabio Coentrao, 4 — Madrid were desperate to see Marcelo’s suspension overturned, and you could see why. Coentrao’s indiscipline allowed Atleti to have plenty of joy down the right. He lost his man on numerous occasions and his poor positioning forced his fellow defenders out of position, which left his side in trouble throughout.
MF Toni Kroos, 6 — Although the German is good at working in tight spaces he was overrun and was offered little help from his colleagues. Tried to get Madrid going from but struggled from start to finish.
MF Isco, 6 — The one player who looked capable of carving something out for the visitors, but the poor pitch — which was not in ideal shape for a passing game, coupled with his teammates not being on the same wavelength — thwarted him.
MF Sami Khedira, 4 –– Preferred to Asier Illarramendi in the middle thanks to his physical presence, the German coasted through the game and did not offer defensive protection. Came off at halftime for the more attack-minded Jese Rodriguez as Madrid looked for a more attacking threat.
FW Gareth Bale, 5 — Showed some good touches when he was afforded space by a stubborn Atleti defence but his final ball was lacking all afternoon. The Welshman managed to weave his way into a few dangerous positions but he could find neither the cross nor the killer pass to get his teammates in. Not involved in the game enough.
FW Karim Benzema, 4 — Madrid’s attack failed to strike a chord and it was no surprise that it came with Benzema, the man who pulls the strings in the front three, performing well below par.
FW Cristiano Ronaldo, 4 — The Ballon d’Or holder has failed to live up to his title since being crowned the world’s best last month, and this match was perhaps the worst of the lot. The Portuguese returned from a two-game suspension but showed no signs of freshness and was second best to a fired-up Juanfran throughout.
MF Jese Rodriguez, 5 — The youngster came on to replace Khedira at half-time but could not find a way to shine in the game.
MF Asier Illarramendi, 5 — The Basque midfielder was left on the bench with Ancelotti preferring Khedira in a starting role, and it was a sign of Atleti’s dominance that he was brought on for creative spark Isco as damage limitation with the game already gone.
MF Javier Hernandez, 5 — The Manchester United loan man finally got some minutes on the pitch, but not the way he wanted them. Madrid were already 3-0 down and heading for defeat when he came on to undoubtedly save the legs of the ineffective Benzema.
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