Wednesday Ancelotti’s team at San Siro against Inter, amidst doubts and certainties. Last year 4 out of 4 victories with the Italians
Last season Madrid played four times against Italian teams, and always won. With Inter in the group, with Atalanta in the second round. Different victories for how they arrived, some deserved others much less. A few months later, here we go again. On Wednesday, the Madrid of the 13 Champions begins its European campaign at San Siro. Many things have changed, novelties (and doubts) overlap with certainties.
Three high-sounding names: Zinedine Zidane, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane. One at home, one in Paris, the other in the red part of Manchester. In their place Carlo Ancelotti and David Alaba. Two by three. And here we come immediately to the current problem of Madrid, the back department.
Which in ideal conditions would be composed of Carvajal, Militao, Alaba and Mendy, but the Austrian has a muscle problem and the Frenchman has not played since May 5th. In the 5-2 with Celta he was on the bench, the holder of the Canteran Miguel Gutiérrez, replaced by Marcelo, a slightly worn captain. And with Militao there was Nacho, and the defense conceded two goals, both on the left flank, and appeared in obvious difficulty against a team that in the first three days had scored only once and in the last two games had not shot on goal. .
Then there are the certainties. In midfield, with Modric, formidable with his 36 years, the solid Casemiro and Valverde who is doing well the functions of the injured Kroos. And in attack, with the formidable Benzema, pichichi della Liga with 5 goals. He is recovering Hazard, dear flop in his first two seasons, the returning Bale was also doing well, but he was stopped by yet another muscle mishap, his presence in Milan is in doubt.
Vinicius deserves a separate discussion. Party on the bench, starting trident Bale-Benzema-Hazard, and quickly became very titular. The young Brazilian scored 3 goals in the last Liga. In the first 4 days of this he is already at 4 goals. With Ancelotti he found the necessary calm under the door by transforming himself from a bungler to a sniper. Its shape caused Hazard to move to the right.
And then of course there is Florentino Pérez, who in this 2021 has suffered some setbacks, the Super League, the stolen and disclosed audio, the harsh farewell letter from Zidane, the season without titles, but who does not stop fighting. His pharaonic Bernabeu advances, he attempted the assault on Mbappé which in a few months will be able to arrive for free, for 2022 we are talking about Haaland, Pogba, Goretzka, Rudiger… In short, Florentino remains Galactico. His Madrid a little less, but Inter cannot afford to underestimate Ancelotti’s team. Which in La Liga travels to over 3 goals per game. Revisable defense, lethal attack. Inzaghi is warned.
September 13, 2021 (change September 13, 2021 | 12:35)
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