After a positive start to the season, Real Madrid’s off-peak hours seem to have arrived. The move in front of Villarreal and the resounding defeat against the sheriff at Santiago Bernabéu, the team led by Carlo Ancelotti party in front of Espanyol next Sunday (4.15 p.m., Movistar LaLiga) with the aim of winning and convincing them to stay at the top of La Liga before the selection stops.
Ancelotti, who knows he needs to rotate to avoid squeezing his more important men, finds himself in a head-to-head crossover at the RCDE Stadium, at that several players arrive with significant accumulated wear and with the obligation to make an extra effort before answering the call from his national handset.
This is the case of Eder Militao and Karim Benzema, two of the field players most used by the Italian technician. The Brazilian center played every minute in play (810) in the nine parties that have contested Madrid so far since the start of the campaign, while Benzema only had 12 minutes of rest.
The influence of the French striker in the game and in the results (sum 9 goals and five assists), added to the sluggish level of his actor theorists Jovic and Mariano, force Ancelotti to be followed by squeezing him. The ‘cat’ could have rested more in front of the sheriff on Matchday 2 of the Champions, but the game made it so complicated for Madrid that the technician had no other option to keep him on the pitch to try. to give its turn to the result.
Everything seems to be aimed at that the French will follow in front of Espanyol his tenth tenure this previous campaign has headed for Clairefontaine to focus on his selection. Karim, who for five years stayed in the Spanish capital during international stopovers, will have to learn to balance himself in this new stage.
For his part, Militao is also aiming for the initial eleven of Cornellà-Le Prat to form a couple in the axis of the saga alongside David Praises, who only lost the commitment against Celtic de Vigo because of some muscle discomfort.
Players with wear
Another of the most used pieces from this Ancelotti campaign is Vinicius. The extreme carioca started to play the first two days of La Liga ahead of Alavés and Raise, but from the engagement in front of Real Betis in Villamarín made the headlines of all the meetings. During the last five falls in front of Inter, Valencia, Mallorca, Villarreal and Sheriff have played every minute.
In front of Espanyol, Ancelotti could give him some rest and bet by other footballers for the roster title like Asensio, Lucas and Rodrygo, being this last one the player more entonado and with more capacity of imbalance leaving the bank.