Levante 0-2 Real Madrid
Another game where I can say that real madrid could have ended up on the loosing side but again, the quality of real madrid players showed in the second half with 2 beauty of a strikers from van nistelrooy gave real madrid in the end a comfortable win although levante had the better chances throughout the first half. Real madrid defended very well, apart from a mistake from none other than pepe, which allowed real madrid to score goals and then real madrid just sat back, slowed the game down and hit on the counter.It was a very tough match like the one last week but real madrid are now handling these games very well where it is difficult for the players to motivate themselves against a inferior side like levante but I am glad they suffered and came out winners, away from home in the difficult ground with 2 out of 4 first choice defenders did not play due to injuries.
real madrid players rating
Casillas 7 : Casillas was again the man of the match for me. Really after seeing the game against mallorca in the copa del ray everyone can imagine what casillas is worth to real madrid because without him real madrid would concede far more goals than they are at the moment with him. His positioning was good today, also his handling was not bad either when he stopped a whipped in cross inside the six yard area with ease as had he bobbled that ball it could have lead to a goal but he didn’t disappoint.
Torres 8 : Was very solid today, I did criticize him in recent weeks but I still think he is not world class, he needs to pay more to get there. He has lots of potential in him. He is very creative in going forward, hats off to capello who got him out of the reserve team and promoted him to first team. He worked very hard in this match, which enabled real madrid to attack with more flare and vigour.
Cannavaro 6 : His performance was average today and as I predicted that he only motivates himself in the big matches he did not do too well in this match. Cannavaro now surely isn’t the cannavaro of the world cup 2006 or the one we saw in juventus where he was making some unbelievable tackles, may be the system in Italy suits him better. Anyway, did what he had to do.
Pepe 6 : I don’t know but he did not look like the pepe I saw at barcelona. The commentators on espn were really criticizing pepe in that match. He was injured before the match in the warm ups but still played the full 90 minutes. Made one horrendous mistake but recovered in time as levante’s forward was no rooney to get away with shear pace and will. I thought he looked calm apart from that mistake which could have cost real madrid the win but luck was on his side today. I just like his aerial game, he handles air balls very well.
Marcelo 7 : He is really getting into his groove now and is starting to show some people why they call him roberto carlos well he may not be able to run as fast as carlos or have the same shot power but his tackling his very much like carlos’s, very precise and effective. He was again wonderful at going forward linked up with Robinho well, later on with Drenthe. I think he just needs some more confidence and who knows real madrid might as well end up with another roberto carlos.
Gago 9 : Gago played very well in this match, filled in for diarra very well, worked extremely hard all the 90 minutes. his distribution was far better than diarras. He has a little more pace as well but diarra has such a big physical presenceinthemidfield.Gago’stouch