The biggest game from the 2017/18 Champions League’s round of 16 stage saw PSG take on Real Madrid in the first leg and while it was hyped as “Ronaldo vs Neymar” battle and it was Cristiano Ronaldo who shone the brightest and scored in both the halves to guide Real Madrid to a 3-1 first leg win.
Following the defeat, PSG manager and players were criticized for their lackluster display on the night as Real Madrid bossed their way to an early advantage from the first leg. As the Los Blancos got the better of the first leg, we take a look at the players who impressed and who flopped in our Real Madrid vs PSG player ratings.
Real Madrid vs PSG player ratings
Real Madrid Player Ratings vs PSG
Keylor Navas – 6/10
Although the Costa Rican stopper had very little to do in the game which saved or kept Real Madrid in the game yet Navas was focused throughout the match and made sure none of the long-range shots went past him barring Rabiot’s goal which was well crafted and left Navas with very less chances of succeeding.
Nacho – 6.5/10
The right-back was in for a tough night as he had to mark Neymar for the 90 minutes and the game started on the note of series of fouls but Nacho held his composure and played a responsible match for the home side.
Sergio Ramos – 7/10
At times, when Sergio Ramos comes out with the ball he looks one of the most composed players in the world and it was his presence and calmness over the ball which allowed Real Madrid to weather the early PSG storm.
Raphael Varane – 6/10
Varane was hardly tested through the game as his counterpart Edinson Cavani failed to turn up on the night despite that Varane had a solid game and won crucial headers and tackles.
Marcelo – 7.5/10
If it was not for Ronaldo’s goals, Marcelo would have the best player on the pitch and for many, he even was the player in the 1st leg. His determined runs kept pushing Real Madrid to get the winning goal and it was almost fitting that Marcelo scored the third and final goal on the night.
Casemiro – 5.5/10
Barring his tackling (7 successful out of 11), Casemiro could not dominate the play from midfield like we are accustomed to seeing from him. Players often ran past him and he gave away the possession on 2 dangerous occasions as well.
Toni Kroos – 6.5/10
This German pass master is truly the heartbeat of Real Madrid’s midfield as once again Kross played most passes (71) for his team and was always an outlet for his players to find and kick-start another attack. Kroos created 3 chances on the night which again was most in a Real Madrid shirt.
Luka Modric – 6/10
Not his sublime best but Luka Modric did enough to ensure Real Madrid had an active midfield for the entire 90 minutes. Modric created 2 chances, atatempted 2 dribbles and played 45 passes on the night but failed to get a clear sight at the goal.
Isco – 6.5/10
The game started brightly for Isco where he looked to have justified Zinedine Zidane’s decision to start him ahead of Gareth Bale. Isco won the ball on several occasions, played 65 passes, delivered 6 crosses, created 2 chances and was heavily involved in everything Real Madrid did while he was on the pitch.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 7.5/10
Wasn’t Ronaldo supposed to be out of form coming into this game? Well as they say, form is temporary and class is permanent and Ronaldo proved that notion correct and banged 2 goals and showed Neymar who STILL is the boss.
Karim Benzema – 5.5/10
Safe to say, Karim Benzema’s lack of pace and ideas in the box did not help Real Madrid’s case and when he was taken off in favor of Gareth Bale, the team looked better and were right to get the win.
Substitutes: Bale (6), Vazquez (NA), Asensio (7)
PSG Player Ratings vs Real Madrid
Alphonse Areola – 6/10
Daniel Alves – 7/10
A Champions League legend on his own rights was on his best form as he bombed down the right flank and even played in the front 3 after Ronaldo gave Real Madrid the lead.
Marquinhos – 5.5/10
In absence of Thiago Silva, Marquinhos was seen as the defensive leader, however, the Brazilian failed to take control of his team and dominate the box on set pieces.
Presnel Kimpembe – 5.5/10
Having shuffled the back-four, the young defender was left with little cover while dealing with the likes of Ronaldo and Co., which at times left him out of his depth and allowed Real Madrid to enjoy freedom in their opposing box.
Yuri Berchiche – 5.5/10
Hardly anything to boast about his display as Real Madrid enjoyed major share of possession and dominated his flank in particular.
Giovani Lo Celso – 5/10
The decision to play Lo Celso in place of Lassana Diarra did not turn out well as the youngster was appalling in the first half and was even lucky to stay on the pitch after commit a cynical foul despite being on a yellow card.
Marco Verratti – 7/10
After Kroos, perhaps the best midfielder on the night as he always had options on the ball. He played 65 passes, made 2 interceptions and made 4 tackles on the night and looked like the player Barcelona and Real Madrid wanted to sign in the summer.
Adrien Rabiot – 6.5/10
Rabiot’s runs into the box were impressive throughout the night and he git his due after scoring the opening goal of the match. However, barring the goal, his display was less than convincing of a player who could play in a 2-man midfield against stronger oppositions.
Kylian Mbappe – 6/10
Hard to believe Mbappe is still 19-years old as his movements in the box, decision making and decisive dribbling were PSG’s best bits in the 1st half. Mbappe had a couple of good chances to set up Cavani in the 2nd half but the outcome was underwhelming.
Edinson Cavani – 4.5/10
By far the worst player on the pitch was the big Uruguayan who had 11 touches and played just 8 passes in an uninspiring 66 minutes on the pitch.
Neymar – 6.5/10
Media may not give him the thumbs up for this game but Neymar in his own rights had a bright game against his potential next club. Neymar’s flicks, tricks and dribbles set him apart from the rest of the PSG players, however, his failure to create or assist a goal on the night was a setback for PSG.