I amIt is clear that Carlo Ancelotti wants to play modern football and for this he must use modern players such as Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavingabut as long as the Italian is allowed to be wrong, he must remain true to himself.
Ancelotti explained several solutions. His worries about defense are born away from his own zone and close to that of the enemy. He wants his team to press high on the field, causing mistakes in the other team’s penalty area, but this requires players.
The line-up of Valverde and Camaving against Real Madrid, Mallorca and Casemiro and Modric against Villarreal was strange. It is impossible to pretend that the latter can exert the same pressure as the former.
Eremi Pino gave Nacho a hot night and everyone who watched would be chained to the battle on the right side. Yeremi is wide when he wanted to, he created chances at his own discretion and forced Los Blancos to throw themselves off balance by putting in a second defender to cover him.
The defensive debate at Real Madrid is becoming a real concern for Ancelotti. The Italian will rightly express some doubts about Miguel’s ability to start at high intensity matches, but should that doubt be enough to leave the entire team unbalanced?
After Mestalla, it became clear that Lucas Vazquez would have a difficult time playing on the right flank again, but even though Nacho was not at his best, playing Valverde in that position left the team losing all solidity in the middle. Miguel may have done better at keeping Yeremi silent as well.
Courtois did his job: at the moment he became the best goalkeeper on the planet. He made a great save from Danjuma with his foot and then cleared everything in his path. The best news for Madrid is that even if they play poorly, they have a goalkeeper who is actually an insurance policy.
Unai Emery is a great coach and one of the best on the training field every day. Villarreal played well at the Santiago Bernabeu and canceled out the high pressure of Los Blancos with incredible ease. Only the last ball was missing.