Few could expect a campaign as successful as the one signed by Carlo Ancelotti on his return to Real Madrid. An unexpected reunion even for the It
Few could expect a campaign as successful as the one signed by Carlo Ancelotti on his return to Real Madrid. An unexpected reunion even for the Italian coach himself, who masterfully led a dominating team in LaLiga Santander and signed the Champions League of the impossible. With a project strengthened from physical strength with the arrival of Antonio Rudiger and Tchouaméni, he is the rival to beat. Real Madrid’s thirty-fifth LaLiga campaign bore Ancelotti’s stamp. It was the great challenge of ‘Carletto’. The conquest of the only one of the five major leagues that he had resisted. In both of his first stage attempts, his team collapsed from the physical. To the third, he opted for Antonio Pintus, and to the strength shown throughout the tournament, he added a plethoric ending. It was one of the keys to success. Like Thibaut Courtois’ security in goal at the best moment of his career; Karim Benzema’s undeniable scoring dominance, top scorer for the first time in LaLiga (27 goals) and also in the ‘Champions’ (15); the step forward in the definition of Vinícius Junior (17 league goals); the eternal youth of Luka Modric, eternal reference of the game at 36 years old. But above all, a block. United and hungry for success. The perfect mix of a group of players who are already legend after conquering a handful of ‘Champions’, who remain humble and match their hunger for more glory to that of the youngest. The Fede Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo, who augur a good future for a reinforced project from a defensive perspective. The Madridista elite understands that in order to compete with the big projects of clubs with bigger budgets, the group had to be strengthened, the muscle. He adds the experience of the forceful Antonio Rudiger, who arrives free from Chelsea, with the possibility of playing as a central defender or left-back, and finally finds a substitute for a demarcation where Casemiro had no replacement. The 80 million euros to Monaco to snatch to PSG one of the French pearls, the midfielder Aurélien Tchouaméni, mark the intentions of a Real Madrid that had chosen Kylian Mbappé as the great pearl of its project but the long months of negotiations had the most unexpected end. When, after innumerable pressures, the moment of freedom approached, the French star chose to renew his contract with the Parisian club and resign from what he had publicly confessed was his childhood dream. Without the desired Mbappé to complete a fearsome forward, along with Vinícius and Benzema, Real Madrid has not activated any plan B. Neither the departure of Luka Jovic, heading to Fiorentina, the expected end of Gareth Bale’s cycle, the sale of Borja Mayoral to Getafe (10 million euros) and the desire to releasing Mariano Díaz has led to the arrival of a 9. Florentino Pérez does not want anyone to compete with his great leader, Benzema, who will be the team’s new first captain. He did not enter the bid for Haaland and Ancelotti is already inventing solutions in the face of the lack of troops with Eden Hazard of false 9. Now without the plaque on his ankle that so conditioned his years dressed in white, it is the ‘now or never’ for the Belgian star that faded in the Madrid firmament shines again. In the absence of solving the departure of Álvaro Odriozola and waiting for Mariano to finally agree to leave, although the striker is not up to the task of fulfilling the last year of his contract, the Real Madrid has Marco Asensio and must solve the doubt of Dani Ceballos. He has the confidence of Ancelotti but he wants to leave because he knows that he will not have the continuity or the role that he wants in another club like Betis. His hopes of returning to the national team and playing in the World Cup in November depend on the joint decision taken in the last days of the market. Together with Bale, two footballers who had lost prominence, the Brazilian, closed a cycle full of glory and unforgettable successes. Marcelo, the player with the most titles in the club’s history with 25, and Isco Alarcón, who will seek in Seville the happiness that he lacked in the last two years. The new Santiago Bernabéu is getting closer to his definitive identity. The Madrid fans will endure the last season of works in a course where the competition for the league title will increase. He already proved it in the pre-season classic against a new Barcelona full of exciting signings (0-1), before drawing against América de México (2-2) and rediscovering his true identity against Juventus (2-0) in pre-season matches where the least important thing for Ancelotti was the result. All the preparation focused on achieving on August 10 the first of the six titles to which they aspire, the European Super Cup against Eintracht. I want them all and not wake up from the peaceful sleep in which he settled last year.