After the defeat in the final of the Spanish Super Cup, it is time for reckoning. Several players at Real Madrid are concerned about explaining the team’s slowdown.
Daily “Marca” prepares a clear report after the defeat in the last “Clasico” (3:1). More than half of the workforce is not up to par, injured or not suited to Ancelotti’s plans.
Carvajal, Rudiger, Valverde, Modric and Kamavinga are the players most affected by the World Cup. Mendy is still not at his best and there are three injured players who will not be able to help them. Two of them are starters, Alaba and Tchouaméni, and the other is Lucas Vazquez, who hasn’t been as consistent but is a good fit given Carvajal’s form. Finally, there is the small group of players left out by Ancelotti.
Luis Enrique has already sent him to the bench during the World Cup. It must not have gone too well for his coach when he chose Marcos Llorente instead of him in the round of 16 against Morocco. He was again suffering from physical problems when he arrived in Madrid and Ancelotti actually booked him for the semi-final. Against Barça, he confirmed what we thought. Spanish is not level.
He did not participate in the World Cup, but he deserves his place on this list. He wasn’t the worst against Barcelona, but he’s still far from his best and Carlo needs him as we see that the alternatives to his position aren’t any more definitive. He was singled out for his mistake in Villarreal’s goal in the last league game, but apart from that what the manager needs is for him to regain his consistency and defensive solidity.
He is not a Chelsea player. Alaba’s injury has given him a chance to slot into the center of defense in this Super Cup, but apart from the mistake that led to the first goal for Barca, he hasn’t delivered the expected safety.
He was the most fit player of the team until the break of the world championship held in Qatar. But he has not been the same since returning from Doha. It was impossible to chain performances like he did in the first part of the season, but he does not show himself like before. More eccentric to the right, as he was in the Super Bowl final, he loses his impact and finds it harder to capitalize on his qualities.
He looks very tired. His World Cup was tough as Croatia almost went all the way and showed he is human at 37 years old. We saw him suffer against Barça and he needs time to recharge as his presence will be crucial for the rest of the season. Evidence that he is not 100% and needs rest is the fact that he did not start in the semi-final against Valencia.
He is young and didn’t get many minutes in the World Cup where Deschamps played at left back. Ancelotti saw a solution to rotate the starters and boost the midfield for these first games after the World Cup, but the bet came to nothing. Both against Valencia and in the final, Ancelotti took him off at half-time. He has a lot of desire, but he can’t find his place and was a bit inaccurate against Barça.
He didn’t even play a minute in this Super Bowl. Ancelotti said after the World Cup he would have the same minutes as the other players left at Valdebebas, but it came down to Copa minutes against Cacereño. Worst of all, he didn’t show anything that day. He also missed the two league games since returning to the competition against Valladolid and Villarreal. Off he went again and it would be surprising if there were any more big opportunities for the Belgian.
🇧🇪 Eden Hazard has never played in 9 Clasicos with Barca (4 injuries, 5 manager’s decision).
He did not appear even for a minute in the last 11 games of La Liga. pic.twitter.com/98QPupIdE9
— Real France (@realfrance_fr) January 17, 2023
This is not a solution for Ancelotti either. He spent a few minutes in the Copa against Cacereño and ended up injured. It is felt that despite his recovery and despite Carvajal’s poor form and Lucas Vazquez’s injury, Ancelotti does not see the former Real Madrid player as a right-back. He was also on the exit ramp for the winter transfer window.
Appears in Ancelotti’s XI only in extreme emergencies. The mid-season World Cup didn’t open the door for him to play more at Real Madrid. His contribution was limited to 17 minutes in Carlo’s final Champions League group stage defeat to Celtic and 39 minutes against Cacereño.
One of the most unsuccessful transfers of Real Madrid. He has played 25 minutes this season and his longest on the pitch was 11 minutes against Rayo, who were desperately searching for an equalizer in Valecas. He is not an option for his coach, but we already knew that.
One of three injured and has about four weeks to recover. This is a serious problem for Ancelotti as he is a starter in central defense and an option on the left side of defense with Mendy. He was injured after the game against Villarreal and did not go to Arabia. He is one of the coach’s regular players and is fresher at this stage as he did not participate in the World Cup held in Qatar.
Another problem for Ancelotti. At the World Cup, where Deschamps was the most used player, he paid for his determination with a muscle injury. The defensive midfielder in Arabia was sorely missed as he took over the role after Casemiro’s departure. Ancelotti tried Kroos or Camavinga for the position and even changed the system so that the former Monaco player’s absence did not go unnoticed. Unsuccessful.
He was injured in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Valencia and will need at least a month to recover from a sprained right ankle. It is a significant loss for Ancelotti, where Dani Carvajal is his regular right-back when he is out or needs rest.