Real Madrid started their preparation with a friendly backhand on the Glasgow Rangers pitch on Sunday.
After two training oppositions without any intensity against Fuenlabrada and Rayo Vallecano, the Real Madrid attacked serious things this Sunday against the Rangers, in Glasgow, on the legendary lawn of the Ibrox Stadium. Result: two goals conceded, a red card and an inglorious setback. Carlo Ancelotti has his work cut out for him.
For the first composition this Sunday evening, the Italian coach, successor to Zinedine Zidane, aligned a 4-3-3 after all classic with among others on the field the Odriozola, Marcelo (flanked by the captain’s armband), Nacho, Odegaard and Isco; all in support of an attacking trio Lucas Vazquez-Jovic-Rodrygo. The latter quickly distinguished himself … But then the Scottish wind turned.
The king hook and the finish. Rodrygo SZN for real. pic.twitter.com/OrIb97Dg5s
— RodrygoFR???? (@Rodrygo_FR) July 25, 2021
Launched by Odegaard and punchy, Rodrygo hit from the 8e minute, only the Rangers replied by Sakala at the start of the second half (55e), before making the difference by Itten in the last quarter of an hour (2-1, 77e). A minute earlier, Nacho had seen red on a second warning scooped for a clumsy and dangerous intervention. Real have still three weeks before the resumption of La Liga to recover their internationals and refine their preparation, including an interesting friendly meeting to play against theAC Milan August 8 next.
As a reminder, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale, Vinicius Jr, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Thibaut Courtois, Tony Kroos, Raphaël Varane or even David Alaba, Federico Valverde, Dani Ceballos and Ferland Mendy were missing tonight in the ranks merengues.