forward from the left wing with his speed, dribbling and determination. I hope he develops into another roberto carlos because then real madrid would have another attacking option to play the ball to.
Diarra 7 : Diarra is as they say is an all terrain machine, he runs and runs hard all over the park closing down the opponents and as always I was not impressed by his ball distribution which lets him down. He himself says that he was and still is a very technical player. Well I don’t actually get to see him playing with a solid technique for real madrid, may be he is better at distributing the ball with mali, I am myself not a follower of african cup of nations unfortunately. Anyway, his defensive qualities are more than capable or overshadowing his poor touch on the ball.
Baptista 5 : He was well below par in this match, may be the pressure of being a starter in this fantastic real madrid starting eleven was too great for him that night. Although he made some bursting runs from the middle, he did miss controlled lots of balls played directly to his feet just outside the area which really hurt real madrid going forward. Then again his physical presence in the midfield gives me that extra relief that real madrid won’t get manhandled in the midfield by the opponent. Julio Baptista has got all what it takes to be a starter for any team but he needs to be more consistent with his performances. I was really impressed by his shoulder tackles, he really blew all of real zaragoza’s midfield out of the stadium with his unmatched strength.
Sneijder 4 : I was not content to see him on the field at all after a series of very average performances for real madrid in the previous league games. He just hasn’t handled the responsibility given to him by schuster. When he arrived, I was like o yeah real madrid have a Lampard or Gerrard but he just has not performed to the level which was expected of him after the first 3 or 4 La Liga games. Not impressed by him at all, just glad that he got substituted.
Guti 8 : He was the brains behind the first goal for real madrid combined with robinho who got guti’s defense splitting killer through ball. His touch on the ball is a joy to see, if he can just adjust his attitude to some what like wayne rooney’s then I think he can regain his spot back in the spain national side and be the best midfielder in Spain. I was really astounded by the quality of his passing and his vision, wonderful performance for real madrid.
Guti, manipulating the ball in the middle of the park
Raul 6 : He was his usual, working hard for the team and running his socks off in chasing down midfielders of the very tenacious real zaragoza side. Raul is slowly becoming the raul of the old where he used to score goals and had alot better touch on the ball than he now has, missed a sitter in the second half when real madrid were leading by 2 goals which did not matter in the end but still raul has to put them away if he wants to rediscover his old form of early 2000’s.
Robinho 9 : Without the trickery and pace of robinho real madrid had no chance of even getting close to the opponents goal. He combined with guti gave their teammates a kick in the rear, to get up and start working hard. I think now robinho is playing the best football of his life. He is now truly showing why they compare him with pele but thats a different story all together. He dazzles with his flare and touch on the ball, bamboozles defenders who eventually drop to the ground. Now I know how much robinho sacrificed his game for real madrid under capello where he has forced to defend deep, consequently not having enough gas to turn on the magic in the attacking aspect of his game.
Robinho after scoring his goal celebrating.
Van Nistelrooy 8 : Overall a good performance by van as he scored the goal when it was really required and by that time real madrid players were starting to get frustrated by the rigidness of real zaragoza’s defense. He also had his share of bloopers that night, shooting from outside the box, yeah because he is not the greatest long shot taker I have ever seen. Still a very fine finisher, just latches onto chances so quick, always there at the right moment in the right position, that just makes him the best striker in the world.
Van Nistelrooy,shooting from outside the box. Not really one of his traits.
Van Nistelrooy did score when the team really needed him to