Real Madrid 2-0 Real Zaragoza
A very tough game for real madrid as real zaragoza really made life difficult for the real madrid back line which did not have the services of Pepe to guard them and lead the defense with example. In the whole match real madrid were able to produce very few plays which started from the back efficiently without Pepe. I actually do not know what real zaragoza were doing so well that they made things very tough for real madrid and in the end real madrid had to grind out the 2-0 home win thanks to the majesty of Robinho, who made one and scored one with all his trickery and innovation. There was very little happening in the midfield for real madrid in the first half but credit to schuster for motivating the players to the extent that they came out in the second half with all guns blazing.
Bernd Schuster, a tactical genius
Real Madrid decked in white as usual were slow to start of with an early injury to heinze, which did not allow real madrid to go forward freely. Eventually, he was replaced with Miguel Torres in the 18nth minute. Guti came on in the second half after it seemed real madrid were unable to build up play in the 3rd quarter of the pitch and he completely changed the game with his precision passing and looked completely comfortable playing in the midfield with Diarra playing behind him. All in all, real madrid didn’t play well but still got the win. It was a kind of a match where real zaragoza could have scored 3 or 4 goals but thanks to Casillas, real madrid got away with it but in the second half it could have been 4 or 5-0 to real madrid as well with baptista and raul both missing sitters.
Now its time for my favourite section, Player Ratings which go like this:
Casillas 10 : Yeah 10, to many it may seem like a amateur rating someone but seriously, any keeper, any keeper besides Casillas and real madrid would have easily lost the game by 2 to 4 goals. His agility is just abnormal, he makes difficult saves look so easy, I am just glad Casillas is a real madrid player. He saved one on ones, powerful shots, on target free kick in the 90nth minute, everything. Casillas was just at his best on that night and just refused to lie down and concede a goal, for his resilience he got a big fat 2-0 clean sheet to take home with him.
Casillas making mind-blowing, unbelievably stunning saves
Sergio Ramos 7 : Good performance by him, had to shift to the central defending area to cover up for heinze, I still think that sergio ramos should play as a centre back rather than right back as real madrid can play salgado over the right and autmatically get an extra defender on the substitutes bench. Made some important tackles to the real zaragoza’s forwards when they were on the counter attack and Ramos is always a giant when it comes to winning air balls or one on ones.
Cannavaro 7 : Nice, solid performance from the Italian but still I think he is a bit too old meaning he cannot handle one on one situations, tries to anticipate too much for my liking. Definitely cannavaro on current form looks nowhere near a former World Player Of The Year, still his experience and calmness is sufficient for real madrid. I have seen cannavaro play in very few derbies for real madrid since he left juventus a year ago but he really performs well in big games and then I think to myself that may be he is one of the best defenders in the world, another week ahead I watch him agaisnt lower teams like real zaragoza and he looks nowhere near himself. Anyway, for now I would definitely stick with him seeing that there is not a single quality center back in the substitutes bench for real madrid.
Torres 6 : Finally, after a long time indeed am I seeing a real madrid youth system’s player playing in the first team on regular basis since raul and guti, may be. Very versatile defender, can play on both flanks or as a center back. He had an average performance, did not make any mistakes but the only thing I am skeptical about is that he is too much of a standard player which means very rarely and I do mean very rarely produces a a world class moment. He just performs at a professional level not on a world class level, may be it will change as he ages but I would like him to make more tackles to win balls.
Torres a tough defender, nothing more than that
Marcelo 8 : He made some goal saving tackles in the second half and is a very solid defender, sometimes tries to copy roberto carlos but he is not of that class yet. He wasinstrumentalatdrivingrealmadrid