Barcelona beat Real Madrid 1-0 in front of a packed Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Carlo Ancelotti used the first pre-season game to experiment with his squad. Eden Hazard started with a false nine, Toni Ruediger played on the left flank, and the young Chuameni-Valverde-Camavinga trio started in midfield. Ultimately, Eder Militao’s mistake and Rafinha’s goal would be the only goal of the game. There are still two matches left before the European Super Cup: Club America and Juventus.
The full ranking of the players of the match is below:
Thibaut Courtois – 9: Haven’t missed a beat since the end of the previous season. Saved on Ansu Fati and Dembele.
Lucas Vazquez – 7: He recovered well several times to catch up with Ansu Fati and get a much-needed toe kick to stop Barcelona’s attack. The attack improved in the second half thanks to the appearance of Modric and Asensio on the right flank.
Eder Militao – 4: Still struggling with pressure and played a square ball over the net, which was penalized by Rafinha, scoring Barcelona’s only goal.
David Alaba – 6: Very aggressive in his exits and adventures against Robert Lewandowski. Most of them were correct, with the exception of one moment in the first half, when Levadowski managed to anticipate a tackle and evaded Alaba. Militao managed to sweep.
Antonio Rüdiger – 6: He played in an unusual left-back role, but did a good job. Well fought with Rafinya and managed to get ahead.
Chuameni – 5: Tried to be an option for his teammates but saw little of the ball.
Fede Valverde – 6: He nailed a pole with a long-range shot. Composed when I was at my best, but needed more input.
Eduardo Camavinga – 8: With the exception of Cruyff in his own box, which led to Ansu Fati’s opportunity, Camavinga was Real’s best player in the first half. He showed his dynamism, a good first touch and passed the ball to Vinicius.
Rodrigo – 7: Another bright spot in the first half. On the right wing looks more and more comfortable.
Vinicius Junior-7: Araujo defended well against Vinicius Junior for most of the match. The Brazilian had one run like Maradona, going through three or four Barcelona defenders before being cut down by Jordi Alba.
Eden Hazard – 3: Another disappointing performance by the Belgian national team, this time as a false nine. No shots, no runs for the Barcelona defence, no connections and no sign of a return to the same burst of speed that made him such a threat at Chelsea.
Casemiro – 5: He caught the ball a couple of times, which led to a transitional attack from Barcelona.
Toni Kroos – 6: Helped Madrid to maintain a better rhythm in the second half – constantly found transitions across the field to overlapping full-backs, either Lucas Vazquez or Alvaro Odriozola.
Luka Modric – 6: Reinforced the right wing and provided exits for protection when forming up behind under pressure.
Ferland Mendy – 7: A good fight with Ousmane Dembele, where Mendy often beat his compatriot.
Nachos – 7: Replaced David Alaba in central defense and handled Aubameyang’s threat.
Marco Asensio – 7: He played well from the right flank, moving the ball around the field due to his ability to keep the ball. However, he missed a big opportunity from inside the box to equalize after a good one-two between him and Lucas Vazquez.
Jesus Vallejo – 6: He played the last 20 minutes, making a decent tackle on Aubameyang.
Alvaro Odriozola – 6: Operated as a right winger rather than a right back (much like in his days at Fiorentina), but played back the ball too often rather than play with Barcelona’s inexperienced left back.
Dani Ceballos – 8: Electric, dynamic and confident. Teaming up with teammates and ensuring smooth movement across the field. Deserves more than the last 20 minutes.
Mariano – 5: Connected as a center forward for Rodrigo, who played that role in the second half.
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