Barcelona 1-3 Real Madrid – PLAYER RATINGS: An outstanding performance from Toni Kroos caps off El Clasico victory, but Lionel Messi did not deserve to lose by two goals
- Toni Kroos got an assist and almost scored a goal in an impressive performance
- Real Madrid always play better with their captain Sergio Ramos in the team
- Lionel Messi and co may be frustrated they couldn’t get more out of the game
Real Madrid came out on top in El Clasico on Saturday, although there were a number of good performances from Barcelona players that could have swung the game in the other direction.
Lionel Messi touched the ball more than anyone in the first half, and Ansu Fati got on the score sheet once again.
However, Real Madrid’s stalwart captain Sergio Ramos got them the win, backed up by an impressive performance from fellow veteran Toni Kroos. Here’s how the rest of the players stacked up.
Real Madrid won El Clasico against Barcelona 3-1 on Saturday with a good team performance
Despite Lionel Messi’s best efforts, Barcelona could not find a way back into the game
The Barcelona goalkeeper made some good saves but was beaten three times during the game.
Sergino Dest 7
Very impressive in his first Clasico. Vital block in the first half to stop Casemiro shooting. Got forward well too.
Gerard Pique 6.5
No heroics in the Madrid area this time. Defended well enough but he has had better Clasicos
Gerard Pique did not have a bad game, but he has certainly had better games in this matchup
Clement Lenglet 6.5
Very impressive apart from one slip and it cost Barcelona the game. In the VAR era you can’t grab shirts in the box.
Jordi Alba 7
Excellent considering he was coming back from injury. Made the first goal with trademark overlap and cross.
Frenkie De Jong 6.5
Decent display but not able to win the midfield battle against the impressive Real Madrid players.
Sergio Busquets 6
Not able to stop the run of Valverde that opened the scoring in just the fifth minute of the game.
Sergio Busquets has also played better before, and failed to stop a goal in the first half
Played out of position on the wing. Tidy and linked with Messi in first half.
Lionel Messi 8
Touched the ball more than anyone in the first half. Did not deserve to lose 3-1.
Philippe Coutinho 6.5
Not his best game so far this season. Put a header into side netting from fine Ansu cross.
Ansu Fati 8
Looked more comfortable as false nine than Messi has done of late. Took his goal well. Always a threat.
Ansu Fati got on the score sheet again shortly after Real Madrid’s early goal to make it 1-1
Antoine Griezmann 5
Ousmane Dembele 5
Francisco Trincao 5
Thibaut Courtois 7
Vital save in the first half from Messi that kept his side from going behind.
Should have been booked for foul on Messi. Involved in goal. Went off injured.
Sergio Ramos 7
Won penalty and scored penalty. Madrid much better when he is there.
Sergio Ramos was good as usual for Real Madrid, they are a better team when he is playing
Raphael Varane 6.5
Occasionally rattled but held up okay against the potent Barcelona attacking force.
Ferland Mendy 6.5
Defended well enough without creating attacking threat.
Federico Valverde 7
Burst through to open scoring. Went off feeling dizzy in the second half.
He got booked in first half, but the Brazilian midfielder looked back to his best.
Toni Kroos 8
Outstanding. Set up Benzema in first half and might have scored himself in second period.
Toni Kroos was outstanding, getting an assist and almost getting on the score sheet too
Vinicius Jr 6
Disappointing. The youngster never really caused problems for Barcelona during the game.
Karim Benzema 7
Led the line with intelligence as always.
Marco Asensio 6.5
Some bright moments but should have tracked Alba for the first Barcelona goal.
Karim Benzema led the Real Madrid line with intelligence as always in a good performance
Luka Modric 7