La Liga 2016/17, Granada 0-4 Real Madrid: Player Ratings
Goals from Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez helped Real Madrid to a very comfortable 4-0 victory over Granada in La Liga last night, ensuring that Los Blancos still hold the upper hand, keeping in mind their game in hand.
All of the major talking points came in the first half, as Zinedine Zidane’s men cruised into the interval with a four-goal advantage, with a strong, energetic start from the visitors proving too much for Tony Adams’ side to handle.
Granada were forced to make a very early substitution to change their system on the night in Andalusia, but by then the damage had already been done, with Real Madrid’s second string side showing their talent once again.
Even after making wholesale changes on the night, the favourites for the league title were far superior to the already relegated hosts, who were glad to finally hear the referee’s full-time whistle.
(All players are rated out of 10)
Guillermo Ochoa - 6
Made a few strong saves to ensure that the scoreline didn’t get too embarrassing for the home side. Couldn’t do much about the goals, as the defending ahead of him was laughable in terms of quality.
Dimitri Foulquier - 5
Struggled to get up in support on the break, and really didn’t do well against Marco Asensio. The pace and skill of the youngster posed him problems, especially with Fabio Coentrao overlapping.
Sverrir Ingason - 5
Showed some nice instances of composure in difficult circumstances at times, but the Icelandic defender was part of a back four that offered little in the way of organisation, marking or general cohesion.
Martin Hongla - 4
Was outmuscled far too easily for Morata’s second goal of the evening. The young defender then compounded his miseries with a bad miss late in the game after getting up in support of a counter attack.
Gaston Silva - 2
Found himself out of position for the first two goals and had a forgettable night. Struggled to contend with Lucas Vazquez’s pace and invention out wide and will probably have nightmares about facing Real Madrid in the future.
Rene Krhin - 4
Weak performance from the Granada captain, who didn't offer the usual physicality and bite in central midfield that he’d normally contribute. Very poor in possession and really struggled in the first half as play just bypassed him entirely.
Victorien Angban - 6
Was keen to get on the ball and put in a lot of hard work in midfield to try and contend with a far superior opposition. Did show a few instances of nice technical ability and composure in possession.
Aly Malle - 5
Substituted off very early, as Tony Adams wanted to make a tactical change in which he sacrificed the pacy winger for an extra central midfielder in the form of Uche Agbo.
Andreas Pereira - 4
Poor evening for the young loanee, who didn’t even manage to offer any threat from his set-piece deliveries or free kicks. Showed what he can do in very brief flashes, but didn’t have any consistency about his play.
Isaac Cuenca - 5
Worked hard to try and offer an outlet on either flank, but he didn’t have a lot of options to aim for in the penalty box when got into a decent area to deliver a cross. Tracked back often to help out his struggling defence.
Adrian Ramos - 4
Lacked a killer touch in and around the box, and often took far too long on the ball. Couldn’t seem to offer any kind of sharpness, with Sergio Ramos having a fairly easy time in preventing the Colombian forward from having a shot on goal without any pressure.
Uche Agbo - 6
Worked tirelessly to recover the ball in midfield and was very bright and keen to move forward in possession whenever he got the chance. A bright spark in an otherwise poor Granada performance.
David Lomban - 5
Granada did tighten up and looked a lot more cohesive after his introduction at the half-time break, but the experienced defender didn’t offer anything stand-out. A steady showing.
Juanan Entrena - 5
Offered fresh legs and some youthful energy for the last nine minutes of normal time, racking up one of the quickest sprint figures on the pitch.