Real Madrid is advancing firmly in the leadership of the league championship thanks to triumphs like last Wednesday against Athletic Club. Ancelotti’s men are going through a great moment and despite the latest outbreak of COVID in the white dressing room, the points continue to add to the locker. In El Larguero we analyze together with Alfredo Relaño and Joaquín Maroto the current situation of the Madrid team.
“No one expected it: they have formed a formidable center-back couple”
Alfredo Relaño pointed to Real Madrid as the favorite to win LaLiga, but I doubt the possibility of winning the European throne. In addition, the journalist explained which are the players that are making a difference at the beginning of the season: “I don’t know if he will have the strength to win the Champions League. Ancelotti has achieved many things. He said that Vinicius had a motorcycle under his legs, and Benzema also has speed. He is not afraid of having teams.
For Relaño, the key passes through the two central defenders who have taken over the Madrid defense: “Something has happened that neither of us expected. They have formed a formidable central pair. Alaba gives a great sense of security. We can say that Madrid he has a memory eleven as they did years ago. That is working for him, at the moment he is accumulating points and he already has a passed exam for the second round “.
Hazard: Will it return to its level?
After several days without playing for a single minute, Eden Hazard has once again been a leading player in the Whites’ squad thanks to his efforts in these last two games. This was Relaño’s opinion: “It seems to me that Hazard made a merit match. He is a player who has finally decided to do something. I arrive as a figure and yesterday knowing that he played because there were 2 or 3 left, he said ‘I’m going to play it for this place’. I saw him making a very good effort. “
Interview with Carlo Ancelotti in Diario AS
Joaquín Maroto brought us a clip of the interview with Ancelotti exclusively on December 24th in Diario AS: “I have seen him very calm and happy with the team. He believes that Modric Kroos Casemiro is the best medium there can be and Benzema in his position as well. I have seen him calm, but without throwing the bells to the flight. One thing that caught my attention is that Ancelotti counts Atlético de Madrid as a strong rival for the Champions League ”.
Relaño took the opportunity to compare Ancelotti with the rest of the coaches who have passed through Real Madrid: “He has that peace of mind that is needed. Madrid produces more information in one day than Ibex companies in a year. You can see that from the inside, he is keeping the squad very grazed. They are people who are stars and it is very difficult to carry that. I think he is the ideal coach for Madrid. I like coaches with a ‘green’ version of football. The antagonistic to Mourinho. Everything that Madrid has won has been with a coach like this “
On this, Maroto noted a phrase from a former Real Madrid coach, who did not want to reveal the name: “I think Ancelotti wants his footballers to stand out and to the extent that young people can be tamed. There was a coach who said ‘if they are that good, the important thing is that they do not argue over lunch.’
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.