Sunday, December 10, 2023

Ancelotti made a fool of himself with an unrecognizable XI and several surprising changes

Real Madrid suffered their first defeat of the season, but there was a feeling that the setback could come sooner.. Meringues have not been good at this start of the season and used sparks to keep games going, but against Atlético de Madrid there was no solution. Carlo Ancelotti’s approach is a folly with the first result of this course.

The Madridistas are coming off a game in which Joselu finished eleven times. Against Unión Berlin he lacked luck, because he could have finished the afternoon with three goals and it was not a surprise. It was ‘sung’ that, before Vinicius Jr, He was supposed to return to the attack with Rodrygo Goes… but the Reggiolo coach ‘cut him’ to add a fifth midfielder.

Ancelotti brought on Modric and Kroos again

Madrid’s starting lineup is, to say the least, strange. In addition to starting only one natural attacker, Ancelotti also brought in Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, a bet that can be used in some scenarios, but not for a derby where it ‘must’ run more than necessary and defend, something in which the two veterans are no longer specialists. Camavinga started as a midfielder, but shortly after the German assumed that position because he did not help Fran García in coverage on the left and they had a party on the wing.

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It was a sign of progress for a White House that managed to end the first half with the score tied, but Camavinga’s goal was canceled out by Rüdiger’s advanced position, although it did not directly interfere with the game . before, Madrid’s constant defeat provided the best opportunities for Atlético who, although they did not create much, took advantage of their opportunities.

Luka Modric was not very successful in recoveries and there was a general feeling that the midfielders failed more than necessary in the failures and made the defensive tasks more difficult. In attack, Rodrygo was very isolated and had no chance to show and, when he did, he continued in the same line as in the previous games. Things are not looking good for the Brazilian and it is more evident, but they cannot sit him either.

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Ancelotti’s changes will ‘backfire’

After the break, Ancelotti made the ‘logical’ change for Joselu to come on. Modric was sacrificed, but Atlético’s third goal arrived and the Italian coach’s plan fell apart. Ten minutes later, he made a triple change that few could explain. With two goals against and more than half an hour to try to equalize the score, they chose to strengthen their defense with Naco and Ferland Mendy, as well as replacing Camavinga with Tchouameni. Zero offensive changes.

Brahim Díaz, the last bullet left in the attack, had to wait until the 70th minute to enter. Soon, considering the dynamic he has had since returning to Madrid, but also too late. He almost had no chance to participate, but nevertheless he was seen as the only player who had clear ideas to join the attack or, at least, tried. The man from Málaga is ready to play more in Madrid which is ‘broken’ a little and, above all, struggles to create chances.

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