Real Madrid player ratings after 1-0 Copa del Rey exit against Athletic Bilbao
In truth, Real Madrid were lucky that it took Alex Berenguer 89 minutes to score a World Cup, pounced on another error from Casemiro in his own half. Because Los Blancos were largely outplayed by Athletic Bilbao at San Mames, eventually losing to the Lions after three previous wins in 2021-22, including the Spanish Super Cup final.
Here are the player ratings from Real Madrid’s 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao on Thursday night, as Carlo Ancelotti’s men were officially kicked out of the Copa del Rey.
GK Thibaut Courtois
Thibaut Courtois made some big saves to help keep Real Madrid in the game. He is one of the few players who got high marks for his performance.
LB David Alaba
David Alaba started at left-back with Ferland Mendy injured. He held up well defensively, as you would expect, with four tackles and three interceptions. But he did far too little to stand out offensively, which ended up having a bigger impact on the game. That said, he was often forced into defensive work as Real were simply ineffective in carrying the ball in this game.
CB Nacho Fernandez
Nacho Fernandez was magnificent and one of the two best players on the pitch, along with Eder Militao. He looked more like the Nacho who ripped him in place of Sergio Ramos last season, as opposed to the overly aggressive, error-prone defender we saw to start 2021-22. Nacho had four breathtaking blocked shots and was truly heroic at times.
CB Eder Militao
Eder Militao had a fabulous intervention to deny Inaki Williams a surefire goal. He has great battles with the Basque superstar. Militao and Nacho did everything they could to keep Real Madrid afloat and didn’t deserve to be on the losing side. With five clearances and four interceptions, it felt like Militao was everywhere. He’s been one of Real’s best players this season, period.
RB Lucas Vazquez
While Lucas Vazquez saw a lot of the ball, registering a total of 95 touches, that just meant he lost a lot of it. Vazquez did reasonably well defensively, but in a game where more was needed in terms of progression and passing accuracy, Vazquez’s flaws held the team back.