Bernabéu Bites, 07.13.2013: Illarramendi's Presentation and Analysis

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

What's Illarramendi capable of? Even though we will do our own analysis of this signing, we take a look at some of the pieces that explained Illarramendi's game in today's edition of the Bernabéu Bites.

  • Asier Illarramendi will give Carlo Ancelotti a lot of options. The great Spanish analysis site Ecos del Balón published this brilliant tactical piece on his game. Our friend David León explains Illarra's game by saying that he's not Xabi Alonso's clone. León says that Illarra likes to go forward a lot more, while his passing isn't as good as Alonso's. In the comment section, site manager Abel Rojas explains that he is the Spanish Daniele de Rossi. He can play as a number 5 but also as a number 6. Both of them think this is a great signing for Real Madrid. Both of them also think that Illarra is very well suited to play alongside Luka Modric.
  • Spanish site Perarnau Magazine gives its own perspective on Illarra's game in this piece. This time, they say that Illarramendi will bring a lot of balance to Real Madrid's team. He combines the defensive workrate of a great defensive midfielder with a very good ability to set good plays for his teammates without being a defensive or attacking midfielder. He's the whole package.

What are your thoughts on Illarramendi's game?

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