Real Madrid player ratings vs Osasuna: Federico Valverde is back, baby!

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Federico Valverde Real Madrid Osasuna 2022-23
Fede Valverde and Marco Asensio were on target as Real Madrid overcame a poor first half to ease to a 2-0 La Liga win over mid-table Osasuna.

Osasuna had the better chances in the first half on Saturday, forcing injury returnee Thibaut Courtois into a few neat saves. But they couldn't find the net and were ultimately made to pay for it.

After the break, Vinicius Junior had a goal ruled out for offside, before Jon Moncayola lashed a volley just outside the post.

Federico Valverde eventually grabbed the winner, bursting into the Osasuna box to sweep Vinicius Junior's cut-back into the far corner and continue his sudden bounce back inspired in part by good news about his partner's pregnancy.

Marco Asensio added a second in stoppage time to mark a relatively comfortable win.

GOAL rates Real Madrid's players from Estadio El Sadar...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence

    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Thibaut Courtois (7/10):

    A welcome return to the side with Liverpool looming on Tuesday. Was busier than he would have liked, but will certainly take a clean sheet.

    Nacho (7/10):

    Solid once again at right-back. Has been a bright spot amidst a few rocky weeks.

    Eder Militao (7/10):

    Kept busy in the air against the physical Ante Budimir. Made some excellent defensive recoveries.

    Antonio Rudiger (6/10):

    Could have been sharper in his passing, and was the more exploitable of Madrid's centre-backs.

    David Alaba (6/10):

    Got forward a lot to support Vinicius, but his final ball was lacking. Put in a solid defensive effort to gear up for a potential matchup with Mohamed Salah on Tuesday.

  2. Midfield


    Luka Modric (6/10):

    Classy as usual. Seems to be steadily getting his legs back after a rusty January.

    Eduardo Camavinga (7/10):

    Wonderful defensively, and his attacking work is continuously improving. Probably won't start against Liverpool, but made a case for it.

    Dani Ceballos (6/10):

    Retained his spot in the side after a fine run of form. Didn't offer much going forward, and was the first Madrid midfielder to be removed.

  3. Attack
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    Federico Valverde (7/10):

    He was relatively quiet until he burst into the box for Real Madrid's opener. Not his best showing, but Valverde bagged a vital goal, and his form in that department after a rough post-World Cup stretch is wonderful to witness.

    Rodrygo (5/10):

    Looked a bit lost in a central position. Isn't the answer when Benzema is injured.

    Vinicius Junior (7/10):

    Ran a lot, was fouled a lot. Perhaps should have scored after carving an opening for himself. Provided an excellent assist for Valverde before getting a goal. Deserves more protection from the referees.

  4. Subs & Manager

    Subs & Manager

    Marco Asensio (7/10):

    Came on, was quiet, then scored a goal. Job done.

    Dani Carvajal (6/10):

    A surprise cameo after he appeared set for a night off.

    Alvaro Rodriguez (7/10):

    Grabbed a late assist in his La Liga debut.

    Carlo Ancelotti (6/10):

    The Madrid manager took very few risks with a Champions League knockout tie three days away, leaving Karim Benzema and Aurelien Tchouameni out, while benching Dani Carvajal. Got a result, despite an underwhelming showing. All eyes turn to Tuesday.