Wednesday, January 19

Real Madrid, a finalist without gasoline or hierarchy in defense

The whites were entrusted to their attacking pair, who scored the goals ahead of Madrid, but the accumulation of minutes due to not rotating ended up taking its toll on Ancelotti’s, who reach the final in reserve.

There is an axiom that says ‘Help your players and your players will help you’. Is joke applies it with zeal Ancelotti, which places its players where they perform best, which explains the fluidity of this Real Madrid that stands out for the good reading of the games. The naturalness in the management of the Italian has made vinicius in the most destabilizing player in the League, and Benzema in a assassin that always appears. But Carletto has ignored rotations since the start of the season and in the Classic from Riyadh, Madrid could pay dearly for it.

Culé pressure

The low of Alaba encouraged Barça from xavi press up, aware that Nacho It is not the Austrian and Militao even less. But the Italian’s order was conclusive: “We left playing.” Ancelotti turned a problem into an opportunity. He opened the centrals to force the forwards to go out to the sides and activated Kross, Casemiro Y Modric in the exit of the ball. The Italian knew that only gavi he had physique to press. With Busquets Y Frenkie de Jong in his own way, the problem disappeared.

In defense, the coach ordered Asensio Y vinicius to retreat to form a curtain in the medullary, closing the interior corridors to a Barça without ideas. And he also ordered to end all the attacks, which explains why Asensio finished the first part with five shots, Benzema with a pair and vinicius with three. That made it impossible for fast arrivals from outside Dembélé Y Ferran. The whites commanded with superiority.

Sin Alaba, paper defense

And the first goal came, very symptomatic. A Busquets slow lost a ball to the hunger of another veteran, Benzema, which recovered and served vinicius for him to mark. Madrid relaxed with the advantage and missed the personality of Alaba, the player with more hierarchy behind who does not let the team back down and takes it out to defend away from the area, thus reducing the space to the rival. Alaba is one of those footballers who are more noticeable when they are not there than when they are. And it’s a compliment.

But Alaba was not there and Madrid fell into a draw. The tie was also symptomatic. A ball that De Jong combed towards Dembélé. Carvajal was left in inferiority, not being Asensio nor the midfielder, which allowed the French to center and the faith of Luke did the rest. He rebounded after a tender clearance from Militao, who made another lethal mistake. And there are several.

Ancelotti kept his bet to duck the team and wait. Monopolized the attack vinicius, where the Brazilian faced an older Dani Alves. Real Madrid missed the reserve, with kroos Y Modric adrift. But in an isolated play Benzema hit the net with a Carvajal cross. Madrid won with goals from the fashionable society: Vinicius and Benzema.

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But the whites were shrinking, orphans of Alaba. And in a short corner before the white passivity Ansu tied. The extension was a Russian roulette, with exhausted Madridistas waiting for a counter, their specialty, and Barcelona invading the area. Until the whites recovered a ball and five Madridistas stampeded, Valverde scoring the winning goal. Happy finalists, but exhausted. Ancelotti you have more to worry about than celebrate.

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