Real Madrid’s defeat on Sunday evening against FC Barcelona (1-3) in the Spanish Super Cup final has raised a series of questions.
Winner of the Spanish championship, the Champions League and the Spanish Super Cup last year, Real Madrid will not achieve such a good harvest this season. In effect, Carlo Ancelotti’s men have already returned the Super Cup to FC Barcelona, winner of Madrid on Sunday evening in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), in a meeting to their advantage (1-3). This setback, which is in addition to that conceded a week earlier in La Liga against Villarreal (2-1), caused some internal turmoil.
According to Relief, it is Carlo Ancelotti who is singled out. The Spanish media first explains that the Madrid management interpreted this latest setback as confirmation of ” the negative impression that the team has given in recent weeks“. In particular, a lack of competition between the usual incumbents and their replacements is reported. The case of Nacho is mentioned, he who has seen Rüdiger pass him in the hierarchy since the German defender landed from Chelsea. The media slips that part of the team does not understand why Ancelotti does not judge the two men on their level of performance. Way of saying that the Italian coach plays the rookie without worrying about the rest.
The treatment of another player is a concern within Real Madrid, and this concerns Eduardo Camavinga. The tricolor international, whose irregularity is pointed out, was lined up several times, but was taken out seven times at the break by Carlo Ancelotti because of his low level on the ground. Relief advances the fact that with such decisions, the tactician makes ” grow the feeling that he prefers to play those who Real Madrid have invested in rather than based on the performances the players show him in training“. In midfield, the use made of Federico Valverde also raises questions, especially on the placement of the Uruguayan who plays regularly on the right side when it was only supposed to be temporary.
The media then takes stock of the defense and the attack, and the situation is not really better. Despite this alarmist record, the situation does not seem so desperate as Real is still in the running in the Champions League and retains its second place in La Liga. On the other hand, the possibility of losing everything by the end of the season cannot be ruled out. To the Merengue to raise the bar.