• Crónica Alaba ends the sweats of Madrid in Almería

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There are two examples that serve to perfectly understand what

Carlo Ancelotti


Real Madrid

is .

For the first one, you have to go back to the final whistle of the

European Super Cup




, the Italian coach sat, relaxed and with the champion's medal around his neck, on the winners' podium.

To his right,

Eder Militao


To his left,



With both he began to chat between laughter.

The young central defender has just become a father for the first time and the veteran midfielder acts as the older brother of the Brazilian clan in the squad, which also includes

Vinicius Junior


Rodrygo Goes


One can guess that in that post-match conversation there would be little soccer tactics and a lot of vital reflection to maintain the coach-player connection, almost more important than any technical instruction.

Whether the theory is correct or not, the reality is that four days later Militao and Casemiro, heavyweights of the white team, were protagonists of


's rotations




From the 90 minutes of Finland to the bench in the league premiere.

And without


, voices or bad faces.

The center-back did not take the field and the midfielder entered the final stretch for

Toni Kroos

, who had shared the starting line-up with

Tchouaméni and Camavinga

, leaving

Luka Modric

also on the bench.

Football is not as easy as a video game and rotations can weigh down the mood in the locker room, but Ancelotti has managed to build one of the "

best environments

"that have been remembered in


for a long time. Therein lies one of the keys to the Madrid transfer market: the ego, out.

And a player who has understood that from day one is

David Alaba

, the main actor in the second example to understand this Ancelotti's Madrid.

With the score tied, Modric was knocked down from the front allowing a dangerous free kick in favor of the Madrid team.

Kroos and Benzema

debated the launcher while something moved on the white bench.

"Davide (assistant coach and Carlo's son)

told Alaba to leave quickly because he was going to shoot her

," explained Ancelotti, flexible and listening as usual to the advice of his assistants.

And there, from the bench, "


" jumped in, as they call him in the locker room, with just one year of experience at Chamartín after a lifetime at



The Austrian approached the Franco-German group, two of those who rule the most, placed the ball on the ground and sent it to


's squad to give Madrid the victory.

That healthy atmosphere in the dressing room was that of Kroos and Benzema, who were left without shooting and without scoring, and were the first to run towards Alaba in celebration of the goal.


The ones who had to shoot the free-kick were Benzema or Toni

... But Alaba came on, and he shoots very well. It wasn't easy, because telling Benzema and Toni not to shoot... Just


," Ancelotti laughed.

But in the joke there is a truth: soccer players who have won everything and who rely,

without selfishness

, on their teammates to continue winning.



, who does the same with the members of his coaching staff.

Madrid's first victory in the league, with rotations and the presence of

Hazard and Ceballos in the second unit

, left only one doubt: the situation of Marco Asensio.

The Spanish striker

did not play a single minute

in a duel in which Madrid needed to come back.

Not even the absence of Rodrygo, injured, opened the gates to the lawn.


occupied the right lane and the changes were Modric, Casemiro, Alaba, Hazard and Ceballos.

All ahead of him in a rotation in which he seems to have no place.

Asensio has not played more than 45 minutes with Madrid

since the 90 he played against Cádiz last May


Since then, bench: he was left without playing against


on the last league matchday and against


in the

Champions League final

, and in the Madrid pre-season he accumulated 45 minutes against

Barcelona and América

and 27 against Juventus before the Super Cup, in which he also went empty.

The numbers make

Carlo Ancelotti's position

on the Majorcan clear, although just in case the Italian drops a word: "

You have to take into account what he contributed last year (he was the third top scorer)

. He is an important player as long as he is a player of Madrid. Until the 31st there is time", declared the transalpine after the appointment in Almería.

Clearer, impossible.

With the

World Cup just around the corner

and no renewal agreement for a contract that ends in June 2023, it seems that the best option for Asensio is to find a way out in the remaining 15 days of the transfer market and avoid drought of minutes you are living at the Bernabéu.

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