Karim Benzema might have been Real Madrid’s plan B to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann might have been Barcelona’s plan B in place of Neymar Junior, Reale Arena might have been Martin Odegaard’s plan B away from Santiago Bernabeu; but the “B” in these plan Bs could spell “Better” as much as “Backup”. The best stories, comments, and highlights from La Liga 2019/20 August highest-rated eleven.

4-4-2 | Joel Robles (7.96, Betis vs Leganes); Ander Capa (7.73, Getafe vs Bilbao), Stefan Savic (7.72, Atletico vs Getafe), German Sanchez (7.77, Espanyol vs Granada), Sergio Reguilon (8.77, Espanyol vs Sevilla); Carles Perez (8.53, Barcelona vs Betis), Martin Odegaard (8.35, Mallorca vs Sociedad), Joan Jordan (8.75, Granada vs Sevilla), Darwin Machis (9.06, Espanyol vs Granada); Antoine Griezmann (9.88, Barcelona vs Real Betis), Karim Benzema (8.99, Celta vs Real Madrid)

JOEL ROBLES​

@joelrb1

Player rating: 7.96
Team score: Betis 2–1 Leganes
Individual highlights: 7 total saves

ANDER CAPA

@andercapa

Player rating: 7.73
Team score: Getafe 1–1 Bilbao
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 4 dribbles

STEFAN SAVIC​

@jramirezphotography

Player rating: 7.72
Team score: Atletico 1–0 Getafe
Individual highlights: 72 touches, 5 clearances

GERMAN SANCHEZ​

@granadacf

Player rating: 7.77
Team score: Espanyol 0–3 Granada
Individual highlights: 10 clearances, 4 aerials won

SERGIO REGUILON​

@sergioregui

Player rating: 8.77
Team score: Espanyol 0–2 Sevilla
Individual highlights: 
1 goal, 1 assist

CARLES PEREZ

@carlesperez7

Player rating: 8.53
Team score: Barcelona 5–2 Betis
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 5 shots

Nelsen Semedo assist Carles Perez goal, Barcelona vs Betis, La Liga 2019/20
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Nelsen Semedo assist Carles Perez goal, Barcelona vs Betis, La Liga 2019/20
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MARTIN ODEGAARD

@realsociedad

Player rating: 8.35
Team score: Mallorca 0–1 Sociedad
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 4 dribbles

"

I'm dreaming to be the best I can be.

You never know what happens in football but my dream, and what I'm hoping for is to play for Real Madrid. That has not changed."

—Martin Odegaard on being loaned out three times in three years by Real Madrid

Cristian Portu assist Martin Odengaard goal, Mallorca vs Sociedad, La Liga 2019/20
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JOAN JORDAN​

@sevillafc

Player rating: 8.75
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 89 touches
Team result: Granada 0–1 Sevilla

DARWIN MACHIS​

@granadacf

Player rating: 9.06
Team score: Espanyol 0–3 Granada
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 4 shots

Darwin Machis shot on target Antonio Puertas goal, Espanyol vs Granada, La Liga 2019/20
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Darwin Machis shot on target Carlos Fernandez goal, Espanyol vs Granada, La Liga 2019/20
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Darwin Machis assist Ramon Azeez goal, Espanyol vs Granada, La Liga 2019/20
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ANTOINE GRIEZMANN

@fcbarcelona

Player rating: 9.88
Team score: Barcelona 5–2 Betis
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 1 assist

"

Barcelona is not the easiest team to play for.

Here my role is more of a team player's. I have to try to manage the movements of others, I have to try to be of use to my teammates, I have to win over the trust of the team and I will fight."

—Antoine Griezmann on becoming a supporting player at Barcelona

Sergi Roberto assist Antoine Griezmann goal, Barcelona vs Betis, La Liga 2019/20
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Sergi Roberto assist Antoine Griezmann goal, Barcelona vs Betis, La Liga 2019/20
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Sergi Roberto assist Antoine Griezmann goal, Barcelona vs Betis, La Liga 2019/20
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Antoine Griezmann assist Arturo Vidal goal, Barcelona vs Betis, La Liga 2019/20
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KARIM BENZEMA​

@realmadrid

Player rating: 8.99
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist
Team result: Celta 1–3 Real Madrid

"

Karim Benzema is probably a harder worker than all of us.

Being a starter at Real Madrid for ten years, not many players have done that. Despite everything that has been said about him he's still there, he’s working hard, he’s shutting people up."

—Jeremy Menez on Karim Benzema being the most successful of France's Generation 87

Gareth Bale assist Karim Benzema goal, Celta vs Real Madrid, La Liga 2019/20
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Karim Benzema assist Lucas Vazquez goal, Celta vs Real Madrid, La Liga 2019/20
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