Real Madrid: Alaba, against the shadow of Ramos and Varane

On the night of the win against Celta, Carlo Ancelotti i missed a player: David Alaba. The Austrian is a capital footballer for the Italian coach, who back home was not thinking about the great performance of Vinicius or in the Benzema’s hat trick, but in the defensive fragility that his team is showing at this start to the season. You have not been amused by the six

goals conceded in the first four league games,

Too high figures considering the assault on the Champions League, which is what Real Madrid now has to do.

Europe does not forgive the weak in defense.

The return of Alaba

It is for Ancelotti the best possible news for the game against Inter. The question is whether to put him as a central or left-back, the latter position in which he only has

Miguel Gutirrez

specialist. The body asks


place the former Bayern defender in the center of the rear, so that he can command, organize and provide security to the entire defensive network.

He wants, to put it bluntly, Praise be his Ramos


Both David Alaba, as Nacho and Eder Militao, face this season

the shadow of Ramos and Varane

, the Real Madrid center-back couple of the last decade,

winner of four European Cups

. His departure seems to be a long way off, but it is now, in the Champions League, when the consequences of his departure will be truly measured.

We are probably talking about one of the five best center-back couples in history

and it is in matches like tonight in San Siro where Ramos and Varane forged their legend. TO

Nacho and Militao

, brilliant last year, it is going to be really demanded of them now. And Alaba must show that he is the leader that Madrid was looking for.

Carletto wants him central

When Madrid signed Alaba,

Ancelotti’s idea was to use it as a central.

He did not contemplate anything else after the departures of Ramos and Varane, but the reality of the squad forced him to place him on the left side on opening day against Alavs. With Mendy and Marcelo injured, he did not dare to pull from Miguel Gutirrez, he put Alaba on the wing and he performed wonderfully, with a luxurious assistance to Vinicius from the left. Alaba plays well in all parts of the field, but

Carletto thinks that on the left he loses his leadership capacity.

That is why he wants him at the center of defense.

At San Siro, Ancelotti has to make the decision to put Alaba on the left or to remain firm in his idea of ​​playing with the former Bayern central defender at the cost of continuing to bet on the young Miguel, who has already shown that neither Madrid , not even the Bernabu are big. He will have to face the test of San Siro, a temple of football that he knows well


. There he made Madrid the first of the five on that fateful night in the late 1980s. Ancelotti knows that in Europe and in San Siro people suffer, but a full stadium and suffocating pressure on the young Miguel is not expected either. against Celta left a great taste in the mouth, with

assistance to Benzema included.

If Alaba plays central, the doubt is in Nacho or Militao. The two have been more or less at the same level in this start of the season, although it is true that the Spaniard seems more to the liking of the Italian coach. Carletto likes

Nacho’s pessimism

, the feeling that something bad can happen at any time and that it causes you to be focused for the 90 minutes. He sees him as more adaptable to the qualities of Alaba, who is the one who must truly lead the defense and the one who is going to face, really, in the shadow of Ramos and Varane.

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