With no signings in sight, unless Mbappé is within reach, the Italian will have to reinvent Real Madrid by solving a host of pending tasks
Carlo Ancelotti took on a major challenge when he agreed to return to Real Madrid. After a blank year and with the departure of two leading figures such as Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos, the coach who commanded the assault on the ‘tenth’ will have to reinvent a team weighed down by his lack of punch since the escape of Cristiano Ronaldo, stuck in a changing of the guard that does not finish consummating and with a reduced margin of maneuver in the market due to the economic crisis derived from the coronavirus pandemic. Unless Kylian Mbappé overcomes the resistance of PSG and takes shot, everything indicates that there will be no more signings than that of David Alaba, so the jump will depend largely on the ability of the Italian to solve the pending tasks that crowd on your table.
‘Carletto’ opened his second stage in the Spanish capital on July 5, the start date of Real Madrid’s preseason. He did it without the twelve internationals who played in the Eurocup and the Copa América, as well as the four madridistas who will participate in the Tokyo Games: Jesús Vallejo, Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Take Kubo. Counting on them and taking into account that up to seven players return after their assignments last season, there are 29 players on the payroll, so we have to reduce the squad. The first to leave will be Brahim Díaz, who has an agreement with Milan to complete another two loan courses at San Siro. Beyond that, uncertainty is the dominant note.
Luka Jovic, in his first season at Real Madrid. /
Reduce the number of injuries
The continuous physical mishaps took a heavy toll on Real Madrid last season. The 60 injuries suffered by its players decimated a team that despite this reached the semifinals of the Champions League and fought until the end for the League. The club does not want such a sneakiness to be repeated and that is why it has reorganized the physical plot by recovering Antonio Pintus. The ‘sergeant’ left his mark on his previous stay, when he was instrumental in helping Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid win the 2016-17 Champions League double. He ended up on bad terms with the Marseille, but after two years at Inter he returns to Valdebebas to raise the bar for preparation. Dan Cooper, Dallas Cowboys chief medical officer, has also joined the task force led by Dr. Niko Mihic on disease prevention.
Dani Carvajal was the footballer who spent the most days injured last season. /
Two years after landing at the Santiago Bernabéu with galactic pomp, Eden Hazard still cannot raise his head due to his recurring injuries. Real Madrid hoped that the European Championship would rehabilitate the Belgian, but the physicist returned to torment him and his contribution with the ‘red devils’ was discreet. The five goals and eight assists that he has distributed in his 43 games with the white jacket are far from making a return on the investment of more than one hundred million euros for his services. Despite this, Ancelotti hopes to recover his best version. “It may be the year for Hazard to squeeze his full potential,” he said in his presentation.
Eden Hazard. /
Gareth Bale could be one of the great beneficiaries of Ancelotti’s return to Real Madrid. At his command, he scored 39 goals and handed out 31 assists in his first two seasons at Real Madrid. Those were times when the ‘BBC’ sowed terror in its wake. Defenestrated by Zidane, the Welshman returns after his assignment to Tottenham to exhaust the remaining year of his contract. “If you have the motivation to play, you can have a great season,” said Ancelotti about the winger, who turned 32 this Friday.
Gareth Bale. /
Resurrect Marcelo and Isco
Outstanding pieces in Ancelotti’s first stage as a white helmsman, Marcelo and Isco have been in free fall for three seasons, to the point that the club hung the transferable poster on them. But its high chips complicate any operation. The Brazilian endorsed his continuity to the directive, which will respect his will in gratitude for the services presented. It will be his sixteenth season at Real Madrid and he will release the status of first captain after the goodbye of Sergio Ramos. He is one title away from hunting down Paco Gento as the most successful footballer in the club’s history and his form has made a good impression so far this preseason. The same happens with the Malaga, who after asking to leave last winter aspires to have another chance with Ancelotti. Not in vain was he the footballer who played the most games in his previous tour in Chamartín: 106.
One of the main reasons for the distancing between Zidane and the board was the management of Marseille with the young talents that the club has been betting on in recent years. The Martin Odegaard case focused the discrepancies. The Norwegian left on loan to Arsenal at the end of January, fed up with his lack of minutes. Nor did Rodrygo and Militao count too much, until injuries in the axis of the rear gave the title to the latter in the final stretch of the course. Ancelotti returns ready to implement the entity’s roadmap, which passes by giving more flight to the designated footballers, as well as to Vinicius or Valverde.
Martin Odegaard. /
When the departure of Sergio Ramos was already suspected in January, Real Madrid made a strategic move by tying up David Alaba, who was ending his contract with Bayern. Experienced and versatile, his signing at zero cost was a great move in the market. Now Ancelotti, who had him under his command in Munich, will have to assign him a role. He is called to form in the axis of the defense together with Varane, unless the Frenchman is transferred, but he also offers another option for the right back and for the defensive pivot position.
David Alaba. /
Solving Real Madrid’s main handicap in the three most recent courses will be Ancelotti’s great challenge. With Cristiano Ronaldo he flew an average of 50 goals per season that the whites have not managed to recover. Only Benzema has raised his records, but the French forward’s contribution is insufficient. Unless Mbappé arrives, the coach will need a greater contribution from attackers such as Asensio, Rodrygo, Vinicius, Hazard or Bale.
Benzema celebrates a goal. /