Real Madrid claimed their second consecutive UEFA Super Cup title defeating Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United 2-1 in Macedonia. Romelu Lukaku opening his account was the only highlight for the Red Devils who, despite being in a match pitting two continental champions together, looked sluggish and out of depth. Real Madrid who are now La Liga, Super Cup, Champions League, and Club World Cup title holders dominated the match with their quick and accurate passing. Let’s see who made the most.
The Brazilian midfielder scored the opening goal in the 24th minute, he also found the back of the net in their UEFA Champions League win, and he was also efficient with his passing. The 25-year-old completed 98% of his 57 passes, which was 15 more than Manchester United’s best Nemanja Matic (42). The young midfielder is beginning to become a staple of Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.
— OMAR 👑 (@Omar__cr7_) August 8, 2017
Second on the list comes and the second goalscorer for Real Madrid is Isco. There was plenty of talk about Gareth Bale heading into the Super Cup, and he combined well with Isco to see Los Blancos effectively seal victory. However, we are talking about passing and more about Isco than the Welshman. The former Malaga attacker ended the match with an impressive 89% pass accuracy from 59 total passes.
3. Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos has now won 16 titles in his 12 years with Real Madrid and the captain led by example with the ball at his feet against United. The centre back made 64 passes and finished with a 90% pass accuracy. The Spanish centre-back personifies cool, calm and collected, and there was no shortage of those values against one of the English Premier League’s most lethal forwards, Romelu Lukaku.
Congratulations on your first official goal Lukaku .Looking forward to plenty more this season ! pic.twitter.com/Z4s9meLRMr
— Sadikshya (@Sadikshya_) August 8, 2017
2. Luka Modric
Luka Modric will finally be given the chance as a number 10 this season with attacking midfielder James Rodriguez on loan to Bayern Munich. And the Croatian wasted little time showing boss Zinedine Zidane why he’s made the right choice in picking Modric. The former Tottenham midfielder completed 96% of his 66 passes. At the age of 31 and after five years of service at Real Madrid we were beginning to become expectant of quality from Modric, however, that could be taken to another level in what is a slightly newer role.
1. Toni Kroos
No prizes in guessing who is number one, it’s German international Toni Kroos. The ball playing midfielder called the shots in the centre of the park and completed 95% of the 74 passes he attempted, helping Real Madrid to a team average of 89% from 51 passes.
The Super Cup winners had 65% of the ball before United got a goal back through Lukaku, that dropped to 59% by the time the full-time whistle was blown, but still managed to make 532 passes to United’s 280.
Or as British journalist Andy Mitten put it.
This is looking like the Spanish, European and world champions against the sixth best team in England.
— Andy Mitten (@AndyMitten) August 8, 2017