How Real Madrid kept Champions League semifinal alive
There are some sentiments that are easy we can all agree on and it is that Real Madrid thrive on the play of individuals. While some other steams at their level prefer a tactical game, Madrid loves to make things crazy.
It’s their unique skill set to drag opponents down into the chaos with them and beat them there that explains their Champions League success.
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Plus, some good news is thay Casemiro will be available against Manchester City. Casemiro has recovered a muscle injury which kept him out of the rhe last three matches and is now working to improve his conditioning for this important leg.
Not so good injury news comes from David Alaba, and this could be an issue. The Austrian was not fully healthy against Manchester City and was taken off due to injury at halftime in the first game. While there was optimism after the game he continues to struggle.
It was one of those losses that really felt like a win. Madrid had been battered, and demolished on the defensive end, which was expected. The impressive part was how effectively they forced the game to be played and kept the score close.
How do you create chaos? Press to the goalkeeper, force long balls and loose balls, dribble on the wings, and man-mark all over the place, even when it means defending backwards. Do enough of that and you’ll create an open game where individual brilliance can shine plus Real Madrid have a lot more of that than they have tactics.
Real Madrid is trailing 4-3 deficit in the aggregate and will need Casemiro’s presence against City. The midfielder will be crucial if Madrid to stand a chance to punch its ticket to the 2022 Champions League Final.