Crónica Alaba ends the sweats of Madrid in Almería
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There are two examples that serve to perfectly understand what
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,
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
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
From the 90 minutes of Finland to the bench in the league premiere.
, voices or bad faces.
The center-back did not take the field and the midfielder entered the final stretch for
, who had shared the starting line-up with
Tchouaméni and Camavinga
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 "
"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
, 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,
, 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
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.
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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