- The Classic disaster left five names especially affected: Carvajal, Alaba, Kroos, Rodrygo and Asensio. Very low grades between fails.
The best news for him is that he was not in the photo of any of the goals. But he is still far from the best version of him. A lot. Such was the case, that Carletto did not hesitate to sacrifice it to rest in search of his all-in for a comeback that, far from arriving, ended in -more- bloodletting. Carvajal is curdling a season of more lows than highs. He suffered horrors to try to stop Mbappé in the Champions League tie, Ferran was a headache in the Classic and to top it off, injuries are weighing him down: he has already missed ten games due to various annoyances (13 if you also take into account his low due to Covid, on the eve of the Super Cup final). He gave 22 passes… Of which he missed seven.
In a course that was raising him to the top of defensive security, his performance against Barcelona stained his resume. It was, by far, his worst game in the Real Madrid shirt. He lost 12 balls, only won 33% of the duels and made 43 passes, almost 20 fewer than Militao (67). He did not coordinate well with Militao and, with the change of scheme at the break, they continually beat him back in ten catastrophic minutes. What it took Ancelotti to accept that his Plan C (after B, to put Modric as a false nine) had also been unsuccessful. And put him on the left side, where he was able to gain offensive momentum, at the cost of losing position and causing several extremely dangerous counterattacks.
The break due to his injury before PSG felt very bad for him. And that is why many point out that this ten-day break should be key for him to get ready and meet, again, with the best version of him. Ancelotti squeezed him for months and has reached the physical limit in the final stretch: an example of this is that, since he recovered from a pubalgia until Paris, he participated in absolutely all the games. He only stopped in the League against Alavés… And against Real Sociedad, due to force majeure. Against Barcelona he went completely unnoticed and was substituted at half-time. Something is wrong.
The first quarter of an hour was a barrage of momentum. of courage Eager to try and show that he has a lot of football. He had two, both crashed on defense. And that’s where his game ended. From then on, nothing; invisible in attack and inoperative in defense. He again left a bland taste, that feeling that he is a very talented footballer, but stuck in his own quagmire. And with the cyst of the goal: he has only scored two in 36 official games. Despite the fact that his moment is not the best, he was chosen by Ancelotti to start ahead of Asensio.