Resplendent youth & limping Mariano Diaz: rating 4 Los Blancos who were excellent out & 2 who could have done better in Melilla clash
Dermot Corrigan from ESPN opines on Real Marid's power tour vs Segunda minnows which left Melilla absolutely no chance to even dream of a possible comeback
Players who shone for El Real:
DF Javi Sanchez, 7 -- "An obvious favourite of his former Castilla manager Solari, the confident character got his first senior goal with a very well taken volley off the crossbar from 10 yards. Sergio Ramos comparisons continued with the needless trip which gave Melilla a consolation from the penalty spot late on.
MF Fede Valverde, 8 -- "The 20-year-old Uruguayan continued his progress with an excellent first senior start for Madrid, playing a more attacking role in first 45, and particularly impressing on the ball in the holding position in the second half.
FW Marco Asensio, 9 -- "Another with plenty to prove to Solari, Asensio was a few steps above everyone else on the pitch, easing his way through the Melilla defence to open the scoring, whipping in the second, and laying on the third with a precise clip over the top.
FW Vinicius Junior, 8 -- The €45 million teenager began really well and provided an excellent run along the by-line and pull-back for Asensio's second. Confidence seemed to wane as six chances for his first Madrid goal came and went, but he stuck at it and got a slightly fortunate reward when a seventh shot squeezed past Melilla keeper Pedro Luis to the net.
Those who could do better:
MF Isco, 7 -- "Strange situation with the local fans and pundits favourite given a chance to show he deserves more playing time from Solari. Looked short of form and confidence for most of the 90 minutes, but clipped a trademark 25-yard shot to the top corner soon after half-time and again finished expertly when given space and time inside the box late on.
FW Mariano Diaz, 6 -- "Just back from injury and not yet at full sharpness, as most clearly shown with a heavy touch when sent clear behind defence at 0-0. Kept shooting on sight in second half in clear hope of getting on the scoresheet himself, before limping disconsolately from the pitch with a few minutes left."