Ancelotti, don’t bore Camavinga

ANDIt’s understandable. If the in-laws come to eat at home, it is logical that you do not gamble and take out the rice that you have mastered. It’s normal that Ancelotti came out at the Camp Nou with Casemiro, Kroos and Modric. Because those three names weave a safety net that is easy to accommodate. And Carletto stayed there to sleep. If Madrid suffered something in the second half of Classic It was not by virtue of Bara, which gave sporadic bites and without venom. It was because the technician didn’t smell blood and didn’t put his rapier on Valverde and Camavinga.

It is, perhaps, the greatest reproach Zidane in the suitcase. Not renewing the team, not allowing generational change in the core, boring young people on the bench or sending them on Erasmus. And that’s how Madrid has been planted almost in 2022 with the same midfield as seven years ago. With Odegaard at Arsenal, with Kovacic at Chelsea, with Marcos Llorente in the Atlantic …

And with Valverde still waiting to make the final leap and with a Camavinga who arrived with a smile bigger than the Puerta de Alcal and who has disappeared from the map. At the Camp Nou, with a Bara with few arguments, Ancelotti showed excessive respect for the rival and delayed the changes, allowing and favoring a step back from the team that allowed those of Koeman roam the area of Courtois, when the match flew over, an opportunity to make blood with two athletes like the Uruguayan and the French.

But looking beyond the Camp Nou, the long-term fear is that Ancelotti will relapse into his misgivings, that he will settle in at Casemiro-Kroos-Modric and the relief will once again be a chimera. Because people were excited about Camavinga, who brings freshness and sparkle. Because Valverde screams for more presence, more minutes, more gallons.

It is difficult to seat any of the three, but as I just heard here next to me as I write this, “this is not the time for Casemiro-Kroos-Modric.” Football has changed and Madrid must change. Or, at least, walk towards change.


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Ancelotti, don’t bore Camavinga