The phrase is from a recent tenant of the Madrid bench: “There are 24 footballers and a part of my job is to decide who plays. It is not the most pleasant part, surely”. The Solari pronounced in his brief stage as a white coach. A blessed problem, many coaches will think when they see the squad that Ancelotti has. But there are decisions in which Carletto every time has less margin to meditate. In what is the composition of his attack trident, It seems, by actions of some and omission of others, that you won’t have to think too much about your lineups …
Determined to maintain the 4-3-3, Ancelotti looks for the piece that is missing in the attack. Benzema is a fixed whose presence is out of the question. And Vinicius, with his performance, has earned to accompany him on his left side. The only square open to competition is the one on the far right. And although the competition for that position is intense, a candidate stand out on the others: Rodrygo. The Brazilian, who started against Shakhtar and in the Clásico, gave up his place in the eleven to Asensio. The Balearic a match more than discreet.
No galactic signings, reunite Benzema, Bale and Hazard in the attack was one of the high hopes of summer. A new opportunity to a BBH that didn’t catch on two seasons ago, despite Zidane’s efforts to rehabilitate Bale at the start of the campaign. Bale He was again a victim of injury and his attitude and Hazard it was also meat of Nursing when some glimpses of his virtues began to appear.
The illusions were not long in fading. Vinicius I just need two games to eat Hazard’s toast, far from optimal physical condition again. The Belgian has given no arguments to overthrow Vini of its acquired status of holder. “Hazard’s problem is that the coach now prefers someone else,” Ancelotti said in the preview of the match against Osasuna. The Brazilian has not left the starting eleven since he got on that train. AND Bale after the first national team stoppage, He returned the way he used to. Carries without two months without putting on the shirt of the Madrid for hamstring problems. Ancelotti, in the best of scenarios, does not expect to have him until the game against Rayo (November 6), just in the last game before the next national team break.
With the 4-3-3, Ancelotti has tried by right to Vinicius (punctually, to make room for Hazard); Lucas Vázquez, who according to Carvajal reaches his optimal form, will once again be an option for the attack; and Rodrygo. Valverde and the paulista have played in that band at 4-4-2. Of all the formulas, the one that has worked best is that of the former Santos player. Rodrygo has been in victories in Kiev and in the Camp Nou (with the first system) and in the win against Mallorca, with the 4-4-2. Also in the game against Villarreal, the first cross on the path of the Whites’ season.
Although Asensio is he third top scorer of the team, your contribution will be circumscribes the hat-trick in front of Mallorca and the center with which he assisted Benzema in the 0-5 against Shakhtar. Rodrygo, before scoring in Kiev, scored the only goal of the match against Inter and assisted Alaba in the first goal of the Clásico. With Valverde and Bale KO still several days and Lucas Vázquez pending as Carvajal’s replacement, Rodrygo is sustained as the safest bet for Ancelotti.
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