Real Madrid Powered Through An Important Month Early In The Campaign
The month began brightly with an important win away to fellow Champions League chasers Bayern München. A return to league action saw Real Madrid score six as Granada were tossed aside before an international break. Victories against Athletic Bilbao, RSC Anderlecht and Celta de Vigo rounded off another impressive month for Los Blancos
vs Bayern München (03/10/2023) UEFA Champions League
It was a tense affair decided by just the one goal as impressive rearguard action from both sides kept the game rather uneventful.
Mateo Kovacic scored the only goal of the game, and it was before ten minutes had even been played. Danilo picked out Cristiano Ronaldo in the box but Real Madrid's captain saw his shot saved by the opposition goalkeeper. The ball then fell kindly for Kovacic who made no mistake in sweeping home the rebound, securing the victory for Los Blancos
Leonel Cardozo (Real Madrid) 8.7
vs Granada (07/10/2023) Liga BBVA
A number of changes were made to the squad to accommodate Real Madrid's fringe players, including Sergio Rico and Mario Pasalic, but this did not make much of a difference to a rampant Los Blancos
side who put Granada to the sword six times.
Anthony Martial and Cristiano Ronaldo were the heroes of the game, each netting fantastic hat-tricks to condemn Granada to defeat. An Andrés Cubas own-goal marred what was otherwise the perfect performance in many regards.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 9.7
vs Athletic Bilbao (21/10/2023) Liga BBVA
The scoreline does not reflect Real Madrid's superiority in this fixture. Twenty-one shots to one says it all. Danilo scored the only goal of the game with a powerful effort, but Anthony Martial missed from the spot late on after being awarded a penalty. Poor finishing nearly cost Real Madrid in a game where they had to win to continue to assert their dominance in the league.
Danilo (Real Madrid) 8.7
vs RSC Anderlecht (24/10/2023) UEFA Champions League
Victory in this game put Real Madrid on the brink of qualifying for the next round, having won three games from three. Many expected a weakened Los Blancos
side to turn out against Anderlecht, but a full-strength team made to the pitch to secure all three points.
Hirving Lozano opened the scoring with a well-executed header before Dalibor Saric scored a rebound to level the game. Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty goal minutes later restored Real Madrid's lead, and Anthony Martial scored his first of the game moments after that with a well-placed finish after breaking free of the defense. Ronaldo's cross was deflected in to the path of Martial in the second half to allow him to score his second of the game, and Real's fourth. Zdenek Machacek pulled one back for Anderlecht but it was too little too late.
Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) 9.0
vs Celta de Vigo (29/10/2023) Liga BBVA
Real Madrid produced a composed performance to defeat Celta de Vigo in the league to round off another successful month. Cristiano Ronaldo scored one of the goals of the season when he floated a shot over goalkeeper Rubén Blanco's head and in to the far corner from a very tight angle outside of the box. Cebolinha added to the scoring when he drilled home a first-time shot from Toni Kroos' low delivery, to secure all three points for Real Madrid.
Juan Bernat (Real Madrid) 8.7
Player Of The Month
Player of the Month just had to be Juan Bernat
. The Spanish left back was in terrific form, defending well on his flank and producing fantastic attacking play. He already has a goal and four assists to his name this season and looks to add many more before the season closes.
Juan Bernat's Season Stats:
Goals: 1 (1,056 minutes per goal)
Assists: 4 (264 minutes per assist)
MotM Awards: 1
Pass Completion Ratio: 77% (526/683)
Shots On Target Ratio: 100% (3/3)
Dribbles Completed: 51 (3.93 per game)
Tackles Won: 85 (6.54 per game)
Fouls Committed: 27 (2.08 per game)
Fouls Against: 18 (1.38 per game)
Yellow Cards: 4
Red Cards: 0
Average Rating: 8.28
The league has been easy-pickings for Real Madrid so far, as they now sit four points ahead of Barcelona with a game-in-hand. Real Madrid's superb goal scoring record has continued, putting every other team to shame.
Highest Average Rating
1. Hirving Lozano
(Real Madrid) - 8.40
2. Juan Bernat
(Real Madrid) - 8.39
(FC Barcelona) - 8.36
4. Andrés Cubas
(Real Madrid) - 8.29
5. Andrija Zivkovic
(FC Barcelona) - 8.26
Top Goal Scorer
1. Anthony Martial
(Real Madrid) - 8 goals
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
(Real Madrid) - 7 goals
3. Juan Muñoz
(Villarreal) - 6 goals
(Atlético Madrid) - 6 goals
5. Luis Suárez
(FC Barcelona) - 5 goals
Jovan Krkanovic (Granada) - 5 goals
=. Guido Vadalá
(Valencia) - 5 goals
(RCD Mallorca) - 4 assists
=. Andrija Zivkovic
(FC Barcelona) - 4 assists
(Atlético Madrid) - 4 assists
=. Peter Hendriks
(Real Sociedad) - 4 assists
(FC Barcelona) - 4 assists
Most Clean Sheets
1. Óscar Whalley
(Real Zaragoza) - 7 clean sheets
=. Mathew Ryan
(Real Sporting Gijón) - 7 clean sheets
=. Marc-André ter Stegen
(FC Barcelona) - 7 clean sheets
4. Iván Villar
(RCD Espanyol) - 6 clean sheets
5. Nathan Le Guen
(Villarreal) - 5 clean sheets
UEFA Champions League
Three wins from three means Real Madrid are comfortably on top of their group. Die Bayern
are second on four points, five behind Real Madrid. It does look like qualification to the next round is secured for Los Blancos
, with three games yet to be played.
Next up is the Madrileño derby against Atlético Madrid, at the Vicente Calderón. It will certainly be a tough fixture for both sides as both clubs look for bragging rights. A home fixture against Levante comes before a tricky game against RSC Anderlecht in the Champions League. Real Madrid will then play against Real Sociedad before the international break, and will return to action at the Camp Nou in an El Clásico against FC Barcelona, the third of the season so far. Real Madrid will end the month with a trip to Turkey to face Galatasaray in the Champions League.
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