The covid knocks down Isco and Alaba and leaves Ancelotti with 11 casualties in Bilbao

December 21, 2021

  • The coach denies any confrontation with the Malaga midfielder, but assures that it is a “complicated issue”

The Real Madrid faces this Wednesday (9:30 p.m.) in San Mamés the last game of 2021. He does it like league leader despite the last draw at home against Cádiz (0-0) and with 11 casualties, after confirming the last two positives from Isco and Alaba. The midfielder and the defender join Modric (already negative), Asensio, Rodrygo, Lunin, Bale Y Marcelo. Carvajal drags annoyances, Ceballos still has no rhythm and housemiro is sanctioned.

Kroos he is the only player available from the usual trident in midfield. The German will be accompanied by Valverde Y camavinga. “A very difficult game awaits us in an environment that I like a lot. We have casualties, but it may be an opportunity for us, to demonstrate the quality of the staff ”, he assured this Tuesday Carlo Ancelotti.

System change?

The technician denied any confrontation with Isco and he was not worried about the stumble against Cádiz. It considers that it is only a question of “effectiveness” and valued the position of Hazard, who played the 90 minutes on Sunday. “It is true that he wants to play behind the forward and I want him to be comfortable,” said Ancelotti, who did not rule out passing at some point from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2.

The Italian asked more clarity on the covid protocol to know exactly when the infected players can reappear and valued the few penalties awarded in favor of his team (only two in 2021). “It seems to me weird, but it is what happened. Let’s see if we have more luck in 2022 ”.

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Vertical possession

The Madrid coach, finally, referred to the possession, that concept always associated with Barça’s style of play. “Determine the pace and control of the party, but nothing more. By having more possession you also have more risks of matching cons, that’s why it has to be a vertical possession“, he concluded.