In the absence of Pichichi Bellingham, still out due to a dislocated left shoulder, the first to raise their hands in Madrid this week were players that no one expected or in roles in which they are not specialists: Brahim on Wednesday against Braga, and this saturday Andriy Lunin atrás and Dani Carvajal throwing left-footed shots from the front. Then they came Vinicius and Rodrygo to score and get a shot of confidence in a time of personal needs, but the white evening began with the right back turning on the light and the Ukrainian goalkeeper closing the door.
Andriy Lunin, Alaba, Nacho, Dani Carvajal (Nico Paz, min. 82), Ferland Mendy (Fran Garcia, min. 70), Camavinga, Kroos, Brahim Diaz (Lucas Vázquez, min. 70), Federico Valverde (Modric, min. . 59), Vinicius Junior (Joselu, min. 82) and Rodrygo
Mamardashvili, Gayá (Yarek Gasiorowski, min. 54), Cristhian Ibarguen, Gabriel Paulista, Thierry Correia (Foulquier, min. 54), Francisco Martinez (Hugo González, min. 70), Diego López, Javi Guerra, Sergi Canos (Hugo Guillamón , min. 63), Pepelu (Yaremchuk, min. 70) and Hugo Duro
Goals 1-0 min. 2: Dani Carvajal. 2-0 min. 41: Vinicius Junior. 3-0 min. 48: Vinicius Junior. 4-0 min. 50: Rodrygo. 5-0 min. 83: Rodrygo. 5-1 min. 87: Hugo Duro.
Referee José María Sánchez Martínez
Yellow cards Pepelu (min. 34), Foulquier (min. 56), Camavinga (min. 61) and Gabriel Paulista (min. 67)
These are good times for the defender. Forgotten the torture of injuries that put him in a quagmire a couple of seasons ago, the defender has recovered his lost offensive flight. The new 4-4-2 system pushes the full-backs to attack more and he has taken advantage of the invitation. He seems loose, light from past physical traumas, and in the third minute he scored a tremendous volley with his less natural leg. “When you have confidence, you dare,” he confessed. “With this new drawing, I have more freedom to reach the top,” he added.
Kroos did not see a defender within 15 meters, so the German placed a diagonal with a postmark, and the rest was up to Carvajal, who was not overrun too much either. He controlled, maneuvered and let the ball run until he could hit it. It was his second goal this season after the Pizjuán’s front three weeks ago. And in the second half, she had the double by an inch. In his previous 10 seasons at Madrid, he had scored seven goals. In this one he already has two. “Hopefully I can get to four or five,” he said. Offensive signs of the rebirth of a side that in recent years had given good performances in tough games, but who found it difficult to perform regularly.
“I’m releasing one of my best versions. In filming, with confidence and also with the experience of so many years,” said Carvajal, to whom a change in diet —gluten-free—helped him stop a fatal sequence of injuries. Favorite dish now? They asked him in the mixed zone. “Baked broccoli,” she joked.
He made it 1-0 that Lunin then tied, suddenly the protagonist after Kepa’s injury. He had just saved a penalty against Braga and yesterday, five minutes into the start, he put the handbrake on Hugo Duro, in the dark until 5-1. He first took it down, almost at point-blank range, after a good movement by the forward and, instantly, he held him in a face-to-face that the attacker defined in a way that could be improved.
Bellingham and England
Duro finished the first half scratching his head for everything he had failed. Those two and another even clearer one, in which he only had to put his head on the goal line but he didn’t even touch it. Vinicius and Rodrygo delightedly took advantage of the gift, aware of the many they owe to the common fund in this beginning. Opened the night by Carvajal and supported by Lunin, the two Brazilians indulged themselves for a while as they pleased (double each). “You can say that they have returned to their best level. “They just needed time,” Ancelotti commented. Rodrygo scored again in the League on August 12, in San Mamés. This time, Madrid did not lack efficiency: he shot on goal seven times and scored five.
From one of the boxes, all of Bellingham followed him, whose shoulder dislocation continues to give him trouble. Carlo Ancelotti announced in the preview that, barring a setback, he would return, but no (he replaced him again Brahim). A few hours earlier, the club announced that the Briton suffers from “an earlier picture of instability” in the damaged area. Translated: that he did not stop suddenly when he had the mishap last Sunday against Rayo. It is his turn to go with England, although Carletto assured that he will return soon. “He has to do work to strengthen his shoulder,” he noted. Madrid, which expects the playmaker to be out for about two weeks, has already sent his medical reports to his country’s federation.
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