The only ‘but’ is in defense, eight goals conceded, more than any other team in the top nine of LaLiga
The Real Madrid remains one more day at the head of LaLiga, and does so after exhibiting wardrobe background in the win against him Majorca (6-1) in which the young people stepped forward, the Spanish claimed Marco Asensio, who scored a treble, and the French Karim Benzema increased its historic numbers at the start of the competition.
Italy’s Carlo Ancelotti made four starting rotations in his starting XI to face the succession of three games in six days. Casemiro and Modric rested, Rodrygo and Asensio started their start and Miguel Gutiérrez enjoyed his second start at the Santiago Bernabéu.
The wardrobe is one of the differential factors when it comes to showing your candidacy to win the League, the longest tournament of the course, and Real Madrid exhibited it and made good the typical coach phrase of “everyone is important”. In addition, the 4-1 at 55 minutes of the game made the game itself serve as a break.
The first time since March 31, 2019 that none between Casemiro, Kroos and Modric had minutes in a League match. Ancelotti already warned in the previous one that, without Casemiro’s natural replacement, the option was the double pivot; and he found it on his first test. The Frenchman Eduardo Camavinga acted where he likes best, which is in front of the defense, and at his side was the Uruguayan Fede Valverde; modern footballers who gave a high rhythm to the game.
Very different from the three ‘classics’ of Real Madrid. “As Casemiro there is no one defensively,” said the Italian coach at the subsequent press conference. But Camavinga’s cuts, controls and clairvoyance to play fast by the Frenchman made the public who gathered at the Santiago Bernabéu fall in love.
ANCELOTTI FINDS ASENSIO’S SITE
The serious knee injury in the 2019 preseason truncated the progression of an Asensio who that season was called to take a step forward and lead Real Madrid. Since his return, flashes of the conditions that he treasures, but without continuity; nor at the orders of Zidane, with whom he understood “with his eyes”, as he recognized in an interview with EFE, nor with Luis de la Fuente at the Olympic Games.
And Ancelotti seems to have hit the mark. He has distanced him from the band and sees in him his new Di María, whom, after wanting to leave Real Madrid, he relocated as a midfielder and was key in the achievement of the tenth Champions League. That position now belongs to Asensio and in the first opportunity he had at the beginning he scored three goals. Bitter because it was against the team in which he was formed, Mallorca, which left him without celebration three times.
BENZEMA, LEGEND NUMBERS
The Frenchman was already the leader of Real Madrid, but this season, at 33 years old, he has taken another step forward. Historic start in the league with eight goals and seven assists in six games; he has participated in 15 of his team’s 21 goals. Numbers, in the 21st century that two beasts like his former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine Lionel Messi have not reached.
Two of each were against Mallorca, a game in which he also reached 200 goals in the league with Real Madrid, and that was not his most brilliant game. “I play for people who know and like football,” Benzema said in November 2018. And this Wednesday he again made his intelligence clear on the field, taking advantage of the spaces that led to the devilish speed of the Brazilians Vinicius and Rodrygo. Captain and leader.
THE ‘BUT’ IS IN THE DEFENSE
Dizzying pace and goals; The Real Madrid fans are enthusiastic about Ancelotti’s recipe in his second stage adventure in Madrid and more after coming from a final stage of Zidane in which he cemented his results in defensive strength. And both recipes are valid. The Frenchman finished without titles last season, but in a year of record injuries he fell with honor in the semi-finals of the Champions League and fought for the league title until the end.
Turn in the style that causes it to have been neglected, adding the departure of Raphael Varane and the departure of Sergio Ramos, although he barely played in 2021 with the Real Madrid shirt, the previous strength. Eight goals conceded, more than any other team in LaLiga’s top nine. Mallorca arrived with danger, and with very little, until they stopped believing in the game, and against bigger rivals, unless the Belgian Thibaut Courtois shows his best level as against Inter Milan, it pays.