The Real Footie Analyst

Player Ratings: Real Madrid 4 Tottenham Hotspur 0

Los Blancos ran riot at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu last night and things couldn’t have started of any worse for the north Londoners, when first they conceded an early goal to Adebayor, and  soon after they conceded Crouch…

King of the Ring

Emmanuel Adebayor  [8.0] – The ex-Arsenal striker once again proved a thorn in the flesh of Spurs, he opened the scoring early on when he took advantage of poor marking and suspect goalkeeping, and  doubled his tally in the second-half with a beautifully placed header.  The man on loan from Manchester City almost made it three, minutes later, but was denied for once by Gomes.

Shame of the Game

Peter Crouch [2.0] – “Stay on your feet”.   He would have been better of listening to the advice of commentator Ray Wilkens, who mentioned this quite a few times during the match.  It was two shocking challenges and both absolutely unnecessary.  Crouchy’s sending-off unfortunately ended the match as a contest and leaves his team in need of a miracle if they are to reach the semi-finals.

Real Madrid

Iker Casillas [6.0] – Had a very quite game and was never really tested.  He shanked a clearance under no pressure whatsoever, but dealt with all the crosses which came his way.  A 10-man opposition made it a lot easier for him, but he kept a clean-sheet none the less.

Marcelo [7.5] – One of the best players on the park and would have been a force even if the opposition managed to keep all their players on the park.  A constant menace down the left and linked-up well with CR7.  Basically turned into an extra left-winger after Crouch departed and provided the cross resulting in the second goal.

Ricardo Carvalho [6.5] – Had the luxury of a quite evening in the quarter-finals of the biggest competition in Europe.  Stayed alert all night and denied Gareth Bale early in the second-half with a trademark challenge.

Pepe [6.0] – Didn’t have much to do either and I thought he could have avoided his yellow-card.  He will miss the second-leg at White Hart Lane as a result.

Sergio Ramos [6.5] – Had a solid game at right-back.  Would have struggled if Bale saw more of the ball and should really have been booked after a series of body-checks on the Welsh-winger.  Looked good going forward and made a brilliant run followed by an impressive header on the half-volley to almost set-up Adebayor for another goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo [7.5] – Had an impressive game after his recent injury, but still some way off his free flowing best.  Cuased problems for the defence throughout the match and formed a deadly combination with Marcelo down the left.  He was rewarded with a goal for his hard work, a nicely executed volley from the cross by Kaka.

Sami Khedira [6.0] – The German went about his business in a quiet, yet efficient manner.  Good passing and excellent positional play marked his performance.  Was substituted by Lassana Diarra after 60 minutes.

Mesut Ozil [7.0] – The German International showed his class with great movement and accurate passing and provided the assist for Adebayor’s first goal from the corner.  Didn’t do much wrong really, but had loads of space in which to operate.

Xabi Alonso [7.0] – A master at distributing the ball from his position just in front of the defensive line.  Ripped a 10-man Spurs apart and completed the bulk of Madrid’s 568 passes.  Absolutely bossed the midfield.

Angel Fabian Di Maria [7.5] – The Argentinean ran at the Spurs’ defence all night and did really well at it.  His fine performance was capped with the goal of the match when he cut in from the right and unleashed a stunner into the top left-hand corner.  One of their best players on the night.

Substitutions:

Kaka [6.0] – Another player returning from injury and he looked good when he was introduced.  Good touches and produced a top-class cross resulting in Ronaldo’s goal.

Lassana Diarra [6.0] – Took over from Khedira with 30 minutes to and pretty much picked-up where his team mate left-off.  Steady performance in the middle of the park.

Gonzalo Higuain [5.5] – Also coming back from injury, the Argentinean looked lively and on his way to full fitness.

Tottenham Hotspur

Gomes [3.5] – A forgettable night for the Brazilian keeper.  Should have done much better with the first and last goals.  Didn’t deal with crosses and to be honest he was all over the place.  Played behind a shaky defence, with the exception of Micheal Dawson.

Benoit Asoou-Ekotto [4.0] – Couldn’t deal with the attacking force of Di Maria and allowed the Argentinean way too much space which ultimately led to the third goal.

Micheal Dawson [6.0] – The best Tottenham defender by a mile.  Made several brilliant blocks and released Bale with a great diagonal ball late in the first-half.  A touch lucky not to concede a penalty with a clear handball.

William Gallas [5.0] – The Frenchman tried hard, but was found wanting on several occasions.   He had a hard time containing Adebayor, his previous team mate at Arsenal.

Vedran Corluka [5.0] – Couldn’t deal with the speed of Ronaldo and company.  He had a decent game at right-back, but the fact that they were down to ten men made it almost an impossible task to contain Madrid down their favourite left –hand touchline.

Gareth Bale [6.0] – Wasn’t fully fit and didn’t get enough of the ball.  He looked dangerous in possession and had a good first-half, giving Ramos a hard time.  A clever long through-in to Van der Vaart almost drew Spurs back level.

Luka Modric [5.5] – Had a few good touches and advanced when he had the opportunities, but they were few and far between.  Could have done better with his attempted clearance from the opening goal.

Rafael van der Vaart [4.5] – A very disappointing return to Madrid for the Dutchman.   Should have scored from Bale’s brilliant through in the first-half.  Was sacrificed for Jermain Defoe at half-time, with Spurs in need of a striker.

Sandro [5.0] – Never really settled down and couldn’t really deal with the likes of Ronaldo on defence.  Saw basically nothing of the ball.

Jermaine Jenas [5.0] – He was a late replacement in the starting line-up Lennon.  Madrid dominated possession in the midfield and he never really had the ball at his feet.  Did his best trying to help-out in defence.

Substitutions:

Sebastian Bassong [3.5] – Was only on the pitch for about 10 minutes after Corluka picked-up an injury.  Didn’t do too well and was partially to blame for the final goal.

Jermain Defoe [5.5] – Did his part when he came on for the second-half.  Held the ball up nicely when he had the chance.


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