Pressure: Raphael Varane pushes it back up. Terror: Never going to break Nacho Fernandez apart. Higher: Carlos Casemiro started from the bottom. The best stories, comments, and highlights from La Liga 2019/20 January highest-rated eleven.

4-4-2 | Rui Silva (8.04, Granada vs Mallorca); Nacho Fernandez (8.59, Valladolid vs Real Madrid), Raphael Varane (8.51, Getafe vs Real Madrid), Mouctar Diakhaby (8.26, Valencia vs Eibar), Sergio Reguilon (8.45, Sevilla vs Granada); Dani Rodriguez (8.60, Mallorca vs Valencia), Carlos Casemiro (8.66, Real Madrid vs Sevilla), Salva Sevilla (8.50, Mallorca vs Valencia), Sergio Canales (8.49, Betis vs Sociedad); Luuk de Jong (8.84, Sevilla vs Granada), Ante Budimir (9.36, Mallorca vs Valencia)

RUI SILVA

granadadigital.es

Player rating: 8.04
Team score: Granada 1–0 Mallorca
Individual highlights: 5 total saves

NACHO FERNANDEZ

beinsports.com

Player rating: 8.59
Team score: Valladolid 0-1 Real Madrid
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 5 interceptions

"

I remember I was 12 years old, living the dream of many, playing for Real Madrid youth team. Then out of the blue I was diagnosed with diabetes and told I could no longer play football.

It was awful news for a kid to take, but with me giving up is never an option. Here I am, still fighting in Real Madrid first team."

—Nacho Fernandez on Galactico 1, diabetes 0

Toni Kroos assist Nacho Fernandez goal, Valladolid vs Real Madrid, La Liga 2019/20
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RAPHAEL VARANE

@raphaelvarane

Player rating: 8.51
Team score: Getafe 0–3 Real Madrid
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 9 clearances

"

Pressure at Real Madrid is a different monster. A draw is definitely catastrophic, winning is ok but never enough, your individual performance must always improve from the last. I've seen players falling by the wayside because they couldn't cope.

I embrace and live for it though. It's the very reason I rose to my level."

—Raphael Varane on Galactico 1, pressure 0

David Soria own goal, Getafe vs Real Madrid, La Liga 2019/20
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Toni Kroos assist Raphael Varane goal, Getafe vs Real Madrid, La Liga 2019/20
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MOUCTAR DIAKHABY

@valenciacf

Player rating: 8.26
Team score: Valencia 1–0 Eibar
Individual highlights: 1 last man tackle, 6 clearances

SERGIO REGUILON

@23sergioregui

Player rating: 8.45
Team score: Sevilla 2–0 Granada
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 4 key passes

DANI RODRIGUEZ

@rcdmallorcaoficial

Player rating: 8.60
Team score: Mallorca 4–1 Valencia
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

CARLOS CASEMIRO

@realmadriden

Player rating: 8.66
Team score: Real Madrid 2–1 Sevilla
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 5 tackles

"

Everyone dreams of joining Real Madrid as a Galactico for 50, 100 million Euros. I joined as a Real Madrid Castilla player.

The long-distance bus rides to remote areas across Spain, the everyday struggles within football’s less glamorous realm, the passion and pain among the academy people and supporters… All of these occupy a special place in my heart. I take great pride in being able to identify myself as a true Real Madrid school player who worked my way up.”

—Carlos Casemiro on Galactico 1, obscurity 0

Luka Jovic assist Carlos Casemiro goal, Real Madrid vs Sevilla, La Liga 2019/20
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Lucas Vazquez assist Carlos Casemiro goal, Real Madrid vs Sevilla, La Liga 2019/20
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SALVA SEVILLA

@rcdmallorcaoficial

Player rating: 8.50
Team score: Mallorca 4–1 Valencia
Individual highlights: 2 assists, 1 assist

SERGIO CANALES

eldesmarque.com

Player rating: 8.49
Team score: Betis 3–0 Sociedad
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

LUUK DE JONG

@SevillaFC_ENG

Player rating: 8.84
Team score: Sevilla 2–0 Granada
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 9 aerials won

ANTE BUDIMIR

@rcdmallorcaoficial

Player rating: 9.36
Team score: Mallorca 4–1 Valencia
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 1 assist

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