Real Madrid 3-0 Las Palmas: Player Ratings
Real Madrid beat Las Palmas to maintain Barcelona's 8-point lead in the league. Here's how the players rated
The defending champions are currently experiencing their worst run of form under Zinedine Zidane. Before today’s game, they found themselves sitting in 4th place, a whopping 11 points behind Barcelona.
After losing two games in the space of a week, Real Madrid responded by putting three past Las Palmas at the Bernabéu. Goals from Casemiro, Marco Asensio and Isco gave Zidane’s men all three points, taking them to 3rd place. For Las Palmas, the defeat leaves them rooted in 19th place with only 2 wins in 11 games.
Here’s how the players rated:
Kiko Casilla - 6/10
Real’s shot-stopper put in a better performance than he did at Wembley, but it still may not satisfy the blood-thirsty Madrid fans. However, he can at least boast his second clean sheet since the start of October.
Nacho Fernandez - 6.5/10
Zinedine Zidane decided to re-shuffle things for the visit of Las Palmas and with that, the ever-reliable Nacho Fernandez was deployed at right-back. Although not technically gifted, the Spaniard’s willingness to support the attack gave Las Palmas several problems as he continuously overloaded their right flank.
Jesus Vallejo - 5.5/10
The 20-year-old was given his first league start of the season against Las Palmas and he showcased his immaturity. The youngster at times was out of position and rash in his tackling, he also didn’t win one aerial.
Sergio Ramos - 7/10
The Los Blancos captain was a calming presence alongside his new centre-back partner. Las Palmas looked a threat on the counter-attack, but Ramos was there at all times to stop them.
Marcelo - 6/10
Marcelo was his normal busy self down the left flank, always looking to support the attack and get crosses into the box. The Brazilian successfully completed 94% of his passes.
Toni Kroos - 6.5/10
The German, calmly, but quickly spread possession from side to side throughout the game. He was the one feeding the runs of Fernandez and Marcelo, ensuring their width was capitalised on.
Casemiro - 6.5/10
The Brazilian’s positioning was all over the place but in the end, it was his 40th-minute header that set the ball in motion for Real Madrid.
Isco - 7/10
Madrid’s best player this season performed in the same way against Las Palmas, by being that creative spark in the final third. The Spaniard created 3 chances, completed 73 passes and scored 1 goal.
Marco Asensio - 7/10
In the 56th minute, the Spanish wonderkid reminded the world why he’s so highly rated by La Liga watchers. Asensio produced a half-volley from 30 yards out with such force and venom, that it nearly ripped the net apart.
Overall, the 21-year-old had a good game, he successfully completed 3 take-ons and produced 65 accurate passes.
Karim Benzema - 5/10
Real’s no.9 has come under much scrutiny this season, his lack of goals has been cited as a clear indication of his decline in ability. The Frenchman responded to that criticism, by aimlessly walking around the final third with no real purpose.
He added nothing to Real’s link-up play, neither did he look like scoring. His cameo was put to bed in the 74th minute as he was taken off for Lucas Vazquez.
Cristiano Ronaldo - 6.5/10
The closest the world’s best player came to scoring was when he curled a magnificent effort with his left foot onto the post. Besides that, the Ronaldo cut a frustrated figure up front as his poor goalscoring form continued.
However, although he couldn’t score himself, the 32-year-old was doing his best to create chances for others. His hard work was eventually rewarded as he provided an amazing assist for Isco in the 74th minute.
Marcos Llorente - 6/10
The holding midfielder came on for Casemiro in the 68th minute and instantly joined several attacks, even creating a chance for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lucas Vazquez - N/A
The Spaniard tried his best to make an impact, but his runs were ignored by others after he came on in the 75th minute.
Dani Ceballos - N/A
The young midfielder steadied the ship and protected his team’s clean sheet in the few minutes that he was deployed.