Courteous: surely, the Belgian did not expect such a placid match. With the exception of the goal (it was almost impossible to stop it from so close), he did not have to intervene with demanding saves. His job was to pick up the dangerous centers that they put from the wings, and he did it perfectly. With his feet he was sure and right again.
Lucas: has become a side of many resources. You do not need to have all the defensive resources, it is worth it with the intensity that you print to each action. He covered his band well, always with the help of Asensio. He cut his head off a very dangerous play in the 16th minute. In attack, he got up with danger and made several changes of orientation that ended in dangerous plays for Madrid.
Militao: reached the most important duel of the season after having played only 559 minutes, 116 of them in the Champions League. Nothing was noticed. He knew that he could not fail, that he should not take risks, and he did so. Expeditious in every defensive action and connecting well with midfielders when the ball came to him. He has shown, once again, that he has the level to play for Madrid.
Nacho: the leader that, without Ramos, Real Madrid needs so much in defense. It gives the team what it needs at all times and makes almost no mistakes, something key in a competition that punishes both failure and the Champions League. A pity that his game had a small stain: Salah’s goal caught him close and by surprise.
Mendy: Zidane asked him to be very vertical. Every time he caught the ball he just looked forward. He starred in several individual plays eliminating opponents. If he manages to polish details in attack, he will become a vintage full-back in the white team. In defense, the usual: insurmountable. He was providential in the 63rd to avoid a rival goal.
Casemiro: the work you do is not paid. He is, after Benzema, the most influential footballer in the Madrid game. When it seems that there is no one, it appears. And when things seem more complicated, he is the first to show his face. The balance that makes nothing break.
Kroos: the count of the exhibitions that the German has given this season has been lost. Klopp did not know how to tie him at any time and took advantage of it to move Madrid to his liking. Omnipresent when possession was controlled. Everything passed through him. He rounded off his performance with an assist from a surgeon that Vinicius transformed into the first goal of the night.
Modric: He was so focused and dedicated to doing the pressure well that when the ball reached him he suffered more than usual. However, his best minutes coincided with the team’s best minutes. He stole several important balls in the spinal cord and, in attack, his best action came in the second half to assist Vinicius in the third goal for Madrid.
Asensio: the smartest in the class. He took advantage of a defensive error in the 36th minute to make a great goal, with Vaseline to Alisson included. Very similar to one Messi did to Szczesny several seasons ago. In the end it is going to be true that that left-hander looks like that of the Argentine. He was about to score on the brink of halftime, again, for another defensive error. He was left without bellows or confidence in a play that he wanted Vinicius to end when he was alone against Alisson. Special mention to his defensive work. It was, of those above, the one who helped the most behind.
Vinicius: who would have thought that the one with little goal was going to be the team’s scoring star in a key Champions League duel. He was close to scoring with a header on 13 ‘. However, his promotion came in the 27th minute, carefully lowering a long ball from Kroos and then defining with power before the departure of Alisson. From there, it grew. Everything was going well for him and his colleagues were constantly looking for him. In the second half, in a goal of nine, he sentenced the English. He finished off first from the penalty spot a pass from Modric to score his second goal of the night. He had to be replaced when he ran out of oxygen. It was behind closed doors, but the few present gave him a standing ovation.
Benzema: the usual scorer changed his role. He dedicated himself to giving game for the rest. He led several highly dangerous counterattacks and was one more midfielder in moments of more control. A pity that he could not take advantage of the few scoring chances he enjoyed. The first, as soon as the game started. The clearest, in 25 ‘, in a heads-up that he couldn’t define.
Valverde: The Uruguayan has all the confidence of Zidane. He has just come out of an injury, but that did not stop the Frenchman, who used him as the first change. He ran without stopping the 20 minutes he was on the field. He gave Madrid lungs when they were most lacking. He could not shine in attack because he lived focused on helping Lucas on the right side.
Rodrygo: The Brazilian had five minutes in which he was closer to his area than to the rival. Of course, he stole several dangerous balls and went out a couple of times on the counterattack, although without getting any results.