The Madrid derby on Saturday was a confirmation of Sergio Reguilon’s regular place in the side as he enjoyed his biggest test since breaking into the team.
Beyond the win, his individual performance was outstanding and everything you’d want from a starting left-back.
He has taken over now after playing his fifth consecutive game as a starter and leaving Marcelo on the bench again.
Since the game against Real Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarin, he has been untouchable in Santiago Solari’s line-up, coincidentally the moment in which Real Madrid began to chain together their streak of five successive games.
Reguilon has earned his place on merit in the defence along with Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos and is now the man favoured among many to keep his place in the Champions League against Ajax.
He shielded his area brilliantly against Atletico and they scarcely created danger down that flank, holding the opposition back and remaining firm throughout.
His personality shone too when Santiago Arias and Saul had some friction with him.
Nothing, not even the pressure of the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, could deny the 22-year-old and the biggest prize was the congratulations that came from Sergio Ramos following a good defensive performance.
With every game he is growing and he is now a very serious threat to Marcelo.
“I work very hard every day and then do what the coach wants and I’m ready to play whenever he wants,” he said.
“Clearly, this is my dream.
“Marcelo is a professional and works and helps me as always.
“He’s a star who I have always supported.”
All eyes will be on the left-back spot on the teamsheet on Wednesday night, when Los Blancos take on Ajax in Amsterdam.