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They’re Back?: Nov 12 2023

Another Jose Juninho Edition of the Daily Merengue

Real Madrid CF v Valencia CF - LaLiga EA Sports Photo by Diego Souto/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Some thoughts from Jose Juninho regarding today’s game:


Bienvenido al Juninho Edition de The Daily Merengue — a place where you can feel free to discuss all things football. Do not be alarmed by the overt RMCF bias. It’s in the name!

Shoutout to the moderators who do a fantastic job, Valyrian Steel, KungFuZizou, NeRObutBlanco, Felipejack, and LONG LIVE Jose Juninho.


Match Recap: 5-1. HALA MADRID

Another great game by the kids. Of course there are the obvious great performances, but on a smaller level great performance by Cama, Kroos, and Lunin. Mendy was solid defensively. Carlo’s tweaks have helped the team. Shoutout to the Valencia GK because he was clearly playing for us. 3 Points!

Observation #1: They’re Back!!! (Maybe?)

“To be the ultimate team, you must use your body and your mind. Draw up on the resources of your teammates. Choose your steps wisely and you will win. Remember, only teams succeed.”

Another scintillating performance from the Brazilian duo, with Vini getting 2g 1a (and MOTM) and Rodrygo with 2g 2a performance. As we approach the international break, it’ll be interesting to dissect “why” and “how to” maintain these performances. From what I can tell, the inclusion of Brahim has caused Carlo to implement a more rigid 442, where Brahim mainly operates as a LM but reacts to Vini and Rodrygo’s positioning (i.e., filling in as a LW, CF when appropriate). The team is overall “positionless” with Is it possible that this rigidity and structure by Brahim has helped the Brazilians better predict each other’s free movement as well as the positioning of the additional forward? Is this structure lost when Jude has the liberty to roam all throughout the pitch? Should we consider moving Jude further back in this formation?

These are all questions that I simply do not have any answers. Nevertheless, if anyone has time it’d be interesting to see a few heatmaps on Rodrygo / Vini with Brahim vs. without Brahim.


Should Brahim Diaz Start?

This poll is closed

  • 47%
    Yes (meaning one of the midfielder should be dropped)
    (316 votes)
  • 6%
    Yes (meaning Vini or Rodrygo should be dropped)
    (42 votes)
  • 45%
    (304 votes)
662 votes total Vote Now

Observation #2: All About Anxiety w/ Alaba

“Everyone has a right to an opinion. I can arrive in England and express my opinion. If criticism were ferocious and without intellectual objectivity they should show me the way to their airport. It is important to have an opinion and not be afraid to express it, knowing there will be criticism.”

Alaba’s defensive performances since last year November in my opinion have been concerning. The first half didn’t result in a goal, but it reminds me of pre-gluten free Carvajal where Alaba sometimes seems hesitant for a tackle, ball watches, and is positionally out of sync. It may do us all well if he’s benched for a game or two for the Nacho / Rudi combo. Additionally, imo there is no reason why Rudi should be benched next season. Rudi + Militao should be the partnership and if that doesn’t work for Militao (who has previously been argued to need Alaba to organize him), then we need to look elsewhere for young CBs.

Bonus Observation - interesting that we somehow lost XG in this game 1.75 v 1.85. Valencia GK isn’t great.

Observation #3: Coach Speak

“In my teams, when we win, we all win, and when we lose, I lose.”

A few words from Carlo post match.

- Jose Juninho

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