Ronald Araújo (6.5/10)
While he was one of the better performers tonight (isn’t he always?) he didn’t have a match to write home about. He did defend Vinicius Jr. as capably as he could, but he wasn’t as decisive and influential in the match as he usually is. On several occasions, Vinicius got the better of him and dribbled past him. Going forward, he was a bit more aggressive than usual, even trying a shot in the box. However, not great tonight.
Jules Koundé (5/10)
Solid, with good positioning, interceptions, and passing – in the first half. As the game went on, however, he shrank more and more. He was also dribbled past a few times by Vinicius, which led to the last goal of the night. He had a horrible missed clearance, which he completely misjudged, that almost directly led to a Benzema goal.
Marcos Alonso (5/10)
Marcos Alonso was, from the very beginning, concerning. His play out from the back was decent for the first 40 minutes and he was more or less solid defensively. However, he was outpaced several times by Rodrygo, and looked shaky near the end of the first half. His error directly led to the first goal for Madrid when he ran way forward in a foolhardy attempt to stop Rodrygo at the halfway line. He arrived late, Rodrygo skipped past him, and it was a 3 on 2 break for Madrid. He was subbed out in the 66th minute for Eric García.
Alejandro Balde (8/10)
It’s hard to give anyone a good rating for this match, but I honestly believe Balde was our best player tonight. He was electric as always, pushing the pace and our offensive game forward. He didn’t commit any grave defensive mistakes, he looked really good going forward, and even forced a save or two out of Thibaut Courtois. Overall, I’d go so far as to say it was a good showing for the young left-back, despite the result.