La Liga 2017-18: Alaves 1-2 Real Madrid - Player Ratings
Real Madrid travelled to Deportivo Alaves on the matchday 6 of the La Liga hoping to improve on their timid start to the season. After all, the reigning champions had already fallen down the pecking order courtesy of two draws and a loss against Levante, Valencia and Real Betis respectively.
A trip to Alaves, a side which had not scored a goal in their opening 5 games appeared to be the perfect solution to get the Los Blancos back on the track.
It was a brace from Dani Ceballos, who was making his first Real Madrid start, on the either side of a Manu Garcia goal that looked to have set the game in the favour of the visitors. However, it was not to be as Real Madrid were stretched until the very end and largely had the goal post to thank for their victory.
Here are the player ratings from the game.
Fernando Pacheco - 5/10
Pacheco should consider himself very lucky for having conceded only 2 goals on the evening as he had a torrid time in between the sticks and had the wastefulness of Real Madrid players to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable. While there was very little that the Spanish shot-stopper could have done to keep the first goal from going in, it was his weak punch that fell through to Cabellos for Real’s 2nd goal.
Carlos Vigaray – 5/10
The right-back had a pretty poor first half as he failed to add to his side’s defence as well as attack. The 23-year-old did not create any chance and was wasteful in possession thus forcing his manager into substituting him at the stroke of half-time.
Guillermo Maripan – 6.5/10
The Chilean lined-up alongside Ely at the heart of the Alaves defence and while there was an evident difference in quality between him and Real Madrid attackers, there was no denying that the centre-back put in a spirited performance to ensure that his side remained in the game until the full-time whistle was blown.
Rodrigo Ely – 7/10
Given the quality that exists in the Real Madrid attack as well as Alaves’ tendency to leak goals frequently in the current season, many expected that the game at Alaves came at the right time for the Los Blancos. However, Ely had different plans as he put in a spirited performance coupled and frustrated the Real Madrid attack with a barrage of vital clearances to make the game a contest.
Ruben Duarte – 7/10
Duarte was amongst the most enterprising Alaves’ players on the evening as he constantly probed the Real Madrid defence down the left-flank while also ensuring that he did his fair share of the dirty work to not afford the visitors anytime and space on the ball on the left flank.
Daniel Torres – 6/10
Torres was a bundle of energy through the game and constantly broke Real Madrid’s rhythm with a host of interceptions and blocks. However, his passing was wayward at times and there was very little that he did to add to his side’s attack.
Manu Garcia – 6.5/10
It was Manu Garcia who helped Alaves get back into the game with a thumping header in the 40th minute. The defensive midfielder arrived in the box to finish off a great move by the likes of Burgui and Haddadi to catch the trio of Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Keylor Navas by surprise. However, the 31-year-old could face retrospective ban after it appeared as if he had deliberately elbowed Lucas Vazquez in the face and was lucky to be not sent off in the 67th minute.
Burgui – 7/10
Alaves’ best moment in the game arrived when Burgui whipped in a through ball to Munir Haddadi on the right flank from which the former Barcelona man set up Garcia’s goal. His quick and precise pass caught the Real defence napping. The central midfielder linked up excellently with his fellow Alaves attackers and looked the likeliest of the players from the home team to slice open the visitor’s defence.
Alvaro Medran – 5/10
The attacking midfielder, who is currently on loan from Valencia, was largely anonymous through the evening as he failed to add any real quality to the Alaves midfield that had truly tested the Real Madrid midfield’s mettle. While he was tidy with his passing, there was very little that he did with the ball at his feet to threaten the Real defence and was guilty of disrupting the hosts’ rhythm at times.
Ibai Gomez – 6/10
Ibai Gomez was another of Alaves players who made their presence felt in the game against the reigning Champions with his industriousness. The former Athletic Bilbao man had the most touches amongst the Alaves attackers and constantly looked to get in behind the Real defence. However, he failed to create any real opportunity and was well handled by the opposition midfield.
Munir El Haddadi -7/10
The Barcelona man, who is currently on season-long loan at Alaves must have pleased his primary employers with his performance on the evening. The 22-year-old created his side’s only goal of the evening after timing his run perfectly to collect a pass from Burgui and then putting in a pinpoint cross for Garcia to head home.
While his side might have lost this game, the youngster should take a lot of heart from his performance and will need to carry on with the good work to ensure that his side are not involved in a lengthy relegation battle.
Alfonso Pedraza – 8/10
Another day and Pedraza could have been the hero that Alaves so desperately needed. The 21-year-old came on in the 65th minute and wrecked havoc on the Real defence not once but twice as he looked to pull his side back into the game. He was unlucky to have struck the post twice in a space of 6 minutes and had luck been on his side, he could have guided his side to an improbable win against the Champions.
Alexis Ruano – 6/10
Ruano was brought in at halftime to replace Vigaray and it would be fair to say that he failed to prove an upgrade on the player he replaced. He was wasteful in possession and while he did whip in 2 crosses, they failed to test the Real defence.