Real Madrid player ratings as hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo gets a 9 in 5-2 win over Real Sociedad

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Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid demolished Real Sociedad 5-2 in a La Liga clash on Saturday night.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick after Lucas Vasquez opened the scoring inside the first minute while Toni Kroos also got on the score sheet.

Here, we rate the Madrid players on their performance at the Bernabeu.

RATINGS

Keylor Navas – Didn’t have a save to make but some lax defending saw him concede twice. 5

Dani Carvajal – Was caught out of position for Sociedad’s first which tarnished an otherwise good performance. 6

Sergio Ramos – Was itching to get involved in attack and did make a few inroads but there was plenty to sort out at the back which he didn’t do. 6

Raphael Varane – Suspect again. Must shoulder some of the blame for both goals conceded. Dwells on the ball for too long and keeps getting caught out of position. 5

Marcelo – Great assist for Ronaldo’s second with a vintage Marcelo overlap and drilled cut-back. Made three key passes from his full-back role. 7

Lucas Vasquez – Provided genuine width and showed great industry down the right. Did well to score the early goal and created plenty for his team-mates as well. 7

Luka Modric – A rare subdued performance from the Croatian. Tried to drive forward but seemed stifled by the system with only Kroos alongside him in the middle. 6

Toni Kroos – A trademark sublime finish from outside the area to get on the score sheet. Dictated Real’s build-up play expertly with his near-perfect passing and also made a few fine tackles. 8

Marco Asensio – His direct running and movement provided the drive that ensured Madrid maintained a high tempo after the early breakthrough. 7

Cristiano Ronaldo – Starting to look like himself in La Liga. Scored a hat-trick but could’ve had more. Showed good movement for his first and took full advantage of a mismatch from the corner to score his second before rounding the keeper for his third. Also set up the opener with some great wing-play, a throwback to his younger days. 9

Karim Benzema – How did he not score? He had couple of great chances, hitting the post from Marcelo’s pass and then having his effort from Ronaldo’s cut-back deflected wide. Skying Bale’s ball across from close range summed up his night. 5

SUBSTITUTES

Isco – Didn’t make an impact after his introduction in the second half. 5

Mateo Kovacic – Tried a couple of eye of the needle passes that didn’t really come off. 5

Gareth Bale – Proved to be a real threat in the closing stages and should’ve had an assist. 6

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Real Madrid v Real Sociedad: Cristiano Ronaldo's form against Basque side and other key stats

David Cooper 10/02/2018
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Before Real Madrid take on Paris Saint-Germain in a Champions League round of 16 tie, they face Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Zinedine Zidane will have to find a balance between resting players ahead of the midweek game and ensuring that they don’t lose further ground in La Liga.

The title may already be out of reach with Barcelona 19 points ahead but if Los Blancos don’t get their act together may not even secure a Champions League spot for next season.

Here, we look at the key stats ahead of the encounter including Cristiano Ronaldo‘s stunning form against the Basque side.

– Real Madrid have only lost one of their last 21 La Liga games against Real Sociedad (W17 D3) and it was away from home (4-2 at Anoeta in August 2014).

– At home, the Whites are unbeaten in their last 10 games against Real Sociedad in La Liga (W9 D1), their last defeat against them at Bernabeu was in May 2004 (1-4).

– In that game, Xabi Prieto found the net for the first time ever in La Liga (two goals). He has scored more goals against Real Madrid than he has versus any other side in the Spanish top-flight (nine).

– Real Madrid have only won two of their last six La Liga games (D2 L2), conceding goals in all six matches (10 goals conceded in total).

– Real Sociedad are winless in their last six La Liga away games (D2 L4) – the last time they went seven in a row without an away win was in March 2015 (13).

– Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in each of his six league games against Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabeu (12 goals in total). Only against Sevilla and Getafe (13 apiece) has he scored more home goals in La Liga.

– Gareth Bale has been directly involved in nine goals in his eight La Liga games against Real Sociedad (six goals and three assists).

– Sergio Ramos is the only La Liga defender to have scored in 14 consecutive seasons.
65% of Sergio Ramos’ goals for Real Madrid in all competitions have been headers (46 from 70).
64% of Toni Kroos’ assists for the Whites in all competitions have ended in headed goals (29 out of 45).

– William Jose has scored the opening goal of the game more times in La Liga this season than any other player (seven).

Statistics provided by Opta

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Isco Real Madrid exit rumours all 'lies' according to Zinedine Zidane

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has branded a report saying he wants to sell Spain midfielder Isco as “lies”.

“I have full faith in my team. I am one of those people who, when I start something, I go with it to the death. I believe in what I do, and I want Isco to stay here his whole life,” Zidane said at a press conference on Friday ahead of this weekend’s home clash with Real Sociedad in La Liga.

“Isco is a very good player. It is a lie, and I am answering in order to put an end to this,” added the Frenchman of the Spanish media report which claimed he had asked Real president Florentino Perez to find a buyer for the 25-year-old at the end of this campaign.

That has led to inevitable speculation in England that Isco – who came off the bench for Gareth Bale and scored Real’s second goal in their 2-2 draw at Levante last weekend – could be bound for the Premier League.

“We have 25 players and everyone is important. Perhaps Isco won’t play every game but I am counting on him,” said Zidane.

His team are currently fourth in La Liga ahead of Saturday’s match at the Santiago Bernabeu, which serves first and foremost as a rehearsal for next Wednesday’s crunch Champions League last 16, first leg at home to Paris Saint-Germain.

The reigning Spanish and European champions are no longer in the running to defend their title in La Liga, in which they have won just two of their last six games and sit 19 points behind leaders Barcelona, albeit with a game in hand.

“I don’t need any reassurance. Tomorrow (Saturday) is a very important league game, and we want to keep picking up points and get closer to the top of the table, without thinking about Wednesday when we know we have a huge game,” Zidane added.

“Consistency has been our problem this season, but over the course of a season bad things can happen. We don’t know how the season will finish but we still believe we can do very good things.”

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