Real Madrid defended well against Barça and won the match in the areas
He had three occasions and scored two goals, both from defenders (Alaba and Lucas Vázquez)
Had warned Koeman in the previous that the identity of Real Madrid it was that of a team that “attacks against”. And answered Ancelotti that “the counter is the fastest way to score goals.” This is how the two Real Madrid goals came in Camp Nou. In the first, Praise recovered a ball on the balcony of his area and added to the attack, to conclude the counterattack by beating Ter Stegen with a huge shoe, a flat howitzer. In a second, Lucas Vazquez faithfully pursued a rejection of the German goalkeeper to a shot from Asensio, stealing the wallet to Eric Garcia at the auction.
He won in the areas
The games are won in the areas, and Real Madrid was clearly the winner in them in this classic. He knew how to defend his own with stoicism, against a Barcelona offensive in spirit and harmless in execution. He only suffered with two clamorous occasions, one of a Dest and another in a tense headbutt of Pique who left crossed. Ancelotti had bet on the same team of Kiev, but he qualified the approach and went from the low block pressure to the middle block, staggering his people to deny the spaces to Frenkie de Jong, Ansu and Memphis between lines. And he succeeded, because the manifest impotence of the Catalans did not demand Cuts throughout the game. Beyond the last and sterile goal of Omen.
Courtois warned with his diagnosis at the end of the crash: “With the ball we were good. They had no chances until the end of the match. We didn’t want to lock ourselves in the area. We started playing from behind and when they squeezed us the coach asked us to play long. It was important not to play crazy today. “
The role of Vinicius
The game, in a Madridista key, had a clear protagonist in the first half: Vinicius de Olivera Júnior. The Brazilian perfectly interpreted the game. Not only did he work the spaces, he penalized Mingueza until causing his replacement at rest. He ran, faced, braked, temporized, unloaded, almost forced a penalty … Vinicius is another player this season, more courageous, more charismatic, more mature. Real Madrid exhibited a cholista, caring, sacrificial spirit. A team with an average age of 28, which has experienced players such as Modric, Kroos, Benzema, Casemiro and Praise. Soccer players impeccable in making decisions and reading the game. Something that Ancelotti has infected young people like Vinicius OR Rodrygo.
In the second half, Barcelona increased speed with the departure of Coutinho and that created problems, not occasions. Carletto was shielding the triumph with Valverde and then with Asensio. That increased White’s defensive solidity, which in one of the last plays certified its triumph with another against this one finished off by Lucas Vázquez. It is no coincidence that the two away goals were scored by defenders, something that had an impact Ancelotti: “That our goals have been scored by defenses shows that we have faith in attacking.”
For the Italian coach, Real Madrid played “a smart game, very well behind and very dangerous on the counter. It is what we had raised. After Alaba’s goal we had more control and opportunities. We are a solid team, be ahead Shakhtar or the Barcelona. It is difficult to find opportunities from rivals, which confirms that there is a collective commitment. And that is decisive, because the quality above does not have to be worked on. It is something genetic in these players. We would all like to put pressure on the whole field, but defending well is a virtue. And Real Madrid does it ”.
Hazard, debut in sin
Ancelotti once again turned the game into another chess game by dominating the board and deactivating key pieces such as Ansu, Memphis or De Jong. The most cholista Real Madrid took a deserved victory from the Camp Nou. Ancelotti’s first in Can Barça. AND Danger will have to wait for another classic to debut.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.