Real Madrid got back to winning ways with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Huesca thanks to goals from Eden Hazard, Fed Valverde and two goals from Karim Benzema.
Los Blancos had a Clásico victory over Barcelona last weekend, but were at their weakest in midweek as they surrendered more Champions League points at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
There was no such problem for Zinedine Zidane’s side against Hezka, whose confident performance was capped by a fine return to the team for Hazard. Plagued by injury problems, the Belgian has failed to live up to expectations in the Spanish capital – but will be looking forward to the game after opening the scoring with a stunning long-range effort.
But now you don’t want to know about that, you want ratings, right? So go ahead, eat something!
Marcelo likes to get these guys into the attack…not going the other way / OSCAR DEL POZO/Getty Images
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – 6/10 – Not one of his busiest days at the office, but David Ferrero couldn’t do anything about the goal.
Lucas Vazquez (RB) – 7/10 – Lovely cross for Benzema’s goal, continuing his transformation into an unfamiliar role.
Eder Militao (CB) 5/10 – For someone who looked so good when he came into Real’s team, Militao really looks scary at times. Made a very common mistake that led to Huesca’s goal.
Sergio Ramos (CB) 6/10 – It’s hard to tell who should have been closer to Ferreiro for Huesca’s goal – Ramos or Marcelo – but the bearded wonder will have some of the blame.
Marcelo (LB) – 6/10 – Routine practice for Marcelo; Looked good going forward and looked like he could be exposed defensively at any moment.
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Fede Valverde (CM) 8/10 – The technique for his goal was superb, unleashing an unstoppable drive into the far corner. It’s easy to understand why Zidane rates him so highly.
Casemiro (CM) – 6/10 – A good Real Madrid performance usually doesn’t require much from Casemiro. It was one such chance, and he was given a breather with 20 minutes to go.
Luka Modric (CM) – 7/10 – Distribution was amazing as he sprayed the ball around with ease. It looked like he had that much time on the ball, which to be fair, he did.
Benzema and Hazard were great / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images
Marco Asensio (RF) 7/10 – One of Zidane’s favourites, Asensio put in another solid if unspectacular performance before being substituted after an hour.
Karim Benzema (CF) – 8/10 – Clinical as ever in front of goal, Benzema was untroubled throughout and scored a neat second from a tight angle. Great performance covered with a clean close range header.
Eden Hazard (LF) – 8/10 – Yes, Hazard was suffering from a lack of match fitness so it was no surprise to see him bowed out on the hour mark. But before he departed, he showed glimpses of his delightful best – scoring a banger with his left foot, before his neat flick set Real on course for their third.
Rodrigo sets up Benzema’s fourth time / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno / Getty Images
Ferland Mindy – 6/10 – River was sold by Militao’s poor header, which eventually led to Huesca’s goal.
Isco – 5/10 – For a man who complains about the lack of minutes he gets, you wonder if Isco can do more when he’s on the field.
Rodrigo – 6/10 – Steady but not spectacular. Set up Benzema for fourth, but he was selfish when he really should have passed.
Vinicius Jr – 6/10 – Introduced for Hazard on the hour, but not given much space. A little luxury player and the game seemed to be won.