Real Madrid improved its preseason image according to Carlo Ancelotti added weight players, on the day of David Alaba’s debut with stripes, the day of the umpteenth resurrection of Gareth Bale, who forgave a penalty to defeat an AC Milan that vanished after a good start.
With important pieces of his typical team still to be recovered, Ancelotti is shaping what he wants on his return to Real Madrid. His first goal, to recover a footballer who seemed irretrievable as Bale, he’s on the right track. At least that left as a conclusion a first part in which the Welshman recovered the lost desire in his old club, showed attitude, left effort and only two interventions by Maignan, one to a penalty shot that he himself had forced, kept him away from the deserved goal award.
Although the focus was on the coming out of the new head of the rear. With a voice of command from day one. Alaba showed integrity with Nacho as the first escort. And that Real Madrid started their second and last friendly of a strange preseason, with defensive suffering. Unstitched on the side that Lucas Vázquez covered against the power Leao and the lack of help from Bale with Theo’s rises.
This is how the side who did not overcome the pressure of playing with the Madrid shield crashed with the wood and triumphs in Milan. He cheated with a possible cross and his shot was repelled by the wood after three minutes. He had already been a savior in an action Praise the good start of the Italian team, and a serious mistake by goalkeeper MaignanThey had wasted it between Jovic and Rodrygo in an electric starter.
While waiting for the return of the goal with Karim Benzema, Real Madrid was comfortable with the ball, with Isco constantly appearing to leave another message of addition to the cause, and even more when he was able to run on the counter attack, exploiting the speed of Bale who appeared with danger on both bands. With the 50 behind his back so strange of a player that he left important goals in finals with the 11.
Shots were missing until Modric encouraged them to try and Maignan responded well to the attempts of Isco, Bale and Alaba, who also came down in attack and was in charge of launching the actions from set pieces. A hopeful debut in the void they leave Sergio Ramos and Varane.
The intensity of a home and away match plummeted in the second half with Ancelotti’s numerous changes at half-time, with his mind on Saturday’s league debut in Vitoria against Alavés. He did not find solutions in the zone of 9, the most worrisome of the team when Benzema is not there. To little contribution from Jovic It was followed by the nothingness of Mariano, who did not catch a shot and was slow in several scoring actions.
Real Madrid forgot to shoot since Modric hit the crossbar with a whiplash in the 52nd minute. The youngest ones left will but they lacked depth and clarity in the last meters. Milan got rid of the pressure, had more possession but longed for more prominence of Brahim between lines. His only appearance brought the match to a halt. De Lunin, changed hand on his flight to avoid the Italian triumph. The only distress action.
The final stretch would leave the last Madrid grip, with a left-footed volley from Arribas that could give the triumph and the final attempt of a Vinicius without prominence who could not unbalance or find the door with his shot adjusted to the post. It was the end of an atypical preseason after the Eurocup, America’s Cup and the Olympics. The shooting of Real Madrid will arrive at the start of the League.
0 – Real Madrid: Courtois (Lunin, m.46), Lucas Vázquez (Marvin, m.70), Nacho, Alaba (Militao, m.46), Marcelo (Miguel Gutiérrez, m.46); Casemiro (Antonio Blanco, m.46), Modric (Odegaard, m.60), Isco (Víctor Chust, m.84), Rodrygo (Arribas, m.70), Bale (Vinicius, m.46) and Jovic (Mariano , m.46).
0 – Milan: Maignan; Calabria (Kalulu, m.75), Tomori, Romagnoli (Kjaer, m.62), Theo (Ballo-Touré, m.81); Tonali (Maldini, m.81), Krunic, Saelemaekers (Pobega, m.81); Brahim (Castillejo, m.81), Leao (Rebic, m.46) and Giroud.
Referee: W. Altmann (Austria). He admonished Calabria (39) by AC Milan.
Incidents: friendly match played at the Wörthersee stadium in Klagenfurt (Austria) in front of some 30,000 spectators.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.