Sunday, June 4, 2023

Real Madrid | Carlo Ancelotti’s big doubt against Manchester City

The moment of truth has arrived for Real Madrid. With FC Barcelona winning the league title, the white team will be looking to win the Champions League to start this season, in which they have already won the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup and the Copa del Rey, the highest European trophy in a new successful campaign. level. If they want to lift 15th-placed ‘Orezona’, however, the merengue team must beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this Wednesday.

Carlo Ancelotti has major doubts ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg. The extraordinary first leg of Antonio Rüdiger, who had to enter the scene because of Militão’s suspension and reacted surprisingly, was canceled by none other than Erling Haaland, who has caused much debate in recent hours. Even more so considering that the Brazilian centre-back, already at the disposal of the Italian coach, is far from his best version and comes to the meeting after several unconvincing performances in the league, notably against Girona and Real Sociedad .

The Madrid coach has several options if he wants to reward Rudiger and include him in the starting eleven for the crucial game against City, as he promised last Saturday after the win against Getafe. The first (and, of course, the most natural) is to implement meritocracy and put the militia on the back. Secondly, it cannot be ruled out that David Alaba goes to the left and the rear axle is reserved for the German and the Brazilian. If Eduardo Camavinga’s left knee isn’t at 100%, it will likely win out the integers, but everything indicates the Frenchman will have no problem playing at the Etihad.

Ferland Mendy, who reappeared against Getafe, still does not have the competitive rhythm needed to be the part of the game in the duel that Manchester demands this Wednesday. Also, his medical history does not exactly invite him to take any kind of risk.

Important decisions

The options for ‘Carleto’ don’t end at the back. And it is that the Italian coach can also play Camavinga in his natural position in the center of the field. It will force him, as long as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are starting, to choose between Fede Valverde or Rodrigo to complete the lineup, as Karim Benzema and Vinicius are untouchables. It’s all in a nutshell, then, in the following dilemma. Ancelotti will have to choose four of the following five footballers: Militão, Camavinga, Alaba, Valverde and Rodrigo. One of them will have to stick out in the life-and-death game against Guardiola City.

However, it should be noted that the Madrid coach has commented on countless occasions that, for him, players coming off the bench in the second half are just as important as those who start. A good performance from the Merengue wardrobe will be ‘vital’ to qualify for the Champions League final and maintain the European ideal.

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