Alavés 0-0 Athletic Club: Postgame Player Ratings
Athletic Club played Alavés to a scoreless draw on Monday night at the Mendizorrotza in what proved to be a defensive battle between the two Basque rivals. Garitano’s team moved back level with Villarreal for 17th in the La Liga table with the result and, although some players significantly underperformed, it was another good showing from the Zurigorri in a tough game away from home.
Iago Herrerín 6/10
It was a quiet night for Iago Herrerín and that’s usually a good thing when talking about a goalkeeper. The 30-year-old made two saves, neither really difficult, and was comfortable claiming crosses into the box. He gets a slightly above average score due to some of the impressive long passes he completed throughout the game.
Ander Capa 7/10
Another game another good performance from Ander Capa who has started all three matches under Gaizka Garitano. The right-back was strong in defense, making 4 tackles and 2 interceptions, but was also dangerous going forward. He had two successful dribbles and forced the defenders to foul him several times.
Yeray has quietly been one of the best center-backs in La Liga this season and showed it again at the Mendizorrotza. The defender didn’t put a foot wrong, making 5 tackles and winning 5 headers, while also reading the game well and using his positioning to get 3 interceptions. In a match where both teams struggled to create scoring chances Yeray was arguably the best player on the field.
Iñigo Martinez 6/10
There have been some times this season when Iñigo Martinez has struggled but the game against Alavés wasn’t one of them. He had a decent night with 4 tackles and 2 headers as he was forced to mark John Guidetti and Jonathan Calleri in difficult duels. The only real negative on the night was his yellow card and another questionable foul.
Yuri Berchiche 6/10
A lot was asked of Yuri Berchiche in this match and the left-back was up for the challenge. Like Capa he was able to show defensive strength, with 4 tackles and 2 headers won, while also playing a role in the attack. He linked up well with Iñigo Córdoba and won 3 dribbles. Berchiche also had two good crosses and led all starters by completing 87% of his passes. The 28-year-old did struggle with positioning at times which contributes to his overall score.
Dani García 7/10
Dani García has yet to have a bad game for Athletic. Once again he made his presence felt in the midfield by cutting off passing lanes, intercepting passes (3), and being the player to organize everything. He was routinely in position to help the team keep possession when faced with defensive pressure and having that reliable outlet made his teammates more comfortable. With 2 tackles and 4 aerials won it was another solid performance from the former Eibar captain.
Beñat is hoping to forget Monday’s match as quickly as possible. The midfielder struggled the entire first half with distributing the ball and several times gave away possession or simply overhit a pass when Athletic were in a dangerous area. It didn’t get much better in the second half either. The only positive notes from his performance were his 3 tackles and 3 interceptions which slightly raise his overall score.
Iñigo Córdoba 5/10
Garitano has shown tremendous faith in Iñigo Córdoba who kept his place in the starting lineup while other such as Iker Muniain and Iñaki Williams were left on the bench. The winger seems to fit the coach’s system and did some things well against Alavés. He won 2 dribbles, make 2 tackles, provided a key pass, and had a shot on goal that forced a save from the keeper. However, Córdoba also lost the ball 5 times and his crosses were off target. There was both good and bad from the 21-year-old.
Raúl García 6/10
Upon first look Raúl García had an average night at the Mendizorrotza, but watching the game through again showed that the midfielder was very involved from start to finish. He made things difficult for Alavés in the midfield with 4 tackles and 10 aerials won, but was also the most consistent player in attack. He provided 3 key passes and had 2 shots on target, one of which required a diving save from the keeper. Rulo did lose the ball 7 times, more than any other player which lowers his score, but also had 66 touches which was second only to Berchiche’s 83.
Markel Susaeta 3/10
Like Beñat, Markel Susaeta was poor in this match. The Captain may not have thrown away possession with his passes, but his crosses essentially stalled attacks and were off target the entire night. Anytime Susaeta had the ball on the wing with space it just seemed as though he couldn’t do anything with it. He was also slow in transition and out of position several times. Truthfully his score should probably be the same as Beñat’s, but Susaeta did have one key pass which was hard to come by in this game.
Aritz Aduriz 5/10
Aritz Aduriz was unable to make his presence felt and it was clear from the start that Alavés were going to mark him with two defenders anytime the striker was in or near the box. He won 6 headers and battled for position all game but was only able to get off 2 shots, both of which were off target. The 37-year-old did draw 4 fouls and cleared a dangerous cross from a corner kick.
Iker Muniain 5/10
Garitano made his first change of the game in the 62nd minute when Iker Muniain came on for Córdoba. In his limited time Muniain completed 89% of his passes, more than anyone else, and drew a foul. He did very little else and wasn’t able to make his presence felt.
Iñaki Williams 5/10
Iñaki Williams came on for Aduriz just 6 minutes later and had one exciting moment where he beat a defender into the box and tried to slide a pass to a teammate but the ball was cleared. Garitano was hoping to take advantage of the forward’s speed but he was unable to challenge the Alavés defense.
Mikel San José 5/10
After coming on in the 75th minute Mikel San José actually played quite well. He completed 80% of his passes and won 2 balls in the air. He also had one clearances, but just wasn’t on the field long enough to really affect Athletic’s performance.