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Well that could be that for La Liga.
If Barca win against relegation threatened Almeria, their lead will be 10 points with 15 games to go. An already difficult task looks to be unattainable at this point. There is now a very real possibility of going trophyless this season. The one bright spot was 18 year old Álvaro Rodríguez who scored the equalizer with a brilliant header for his first goal with the senior squad. He was named MOTM as well. The game was covered in depth in the immediate reaction, player ratings. 3 answers and 3 questions articles as well as the Managing Madrid Podcast. Next up Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey.
• November 5th, 1994: Raúl scores his first Real Madrid goal against Atlético Madrid in the Bernabéu.— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) February 25, 2023
• February 25th, 2023: Álvaro Rodriguez scores his first Real Madrid goal against Atlético Madrid in the Bernabéu. pic.twitter.com/Mo7w7GkvxQ
Carlo Ancelotti: “Alvaro Rodriguez will be a first team player next season. We don't have another player like him”. ⚪️ #RealMadrid— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 25, 2023
“I will talk to Raul about Alvaro. He will play for us and for Castilla this season”. pic.twitter.com/JaEmYMA1Ud
Why is Carlo’s league record so poor compared to his tournament record?
Especially when we look at his record in Italy. Granted his Milan team were runners-up to Juventus in 2004–05 and 2005–06 and both Scudetti were later wiped from the record books of Juventus due to the club’s involvement in the Calciopoli scandal but still 1 Serie A in over 10 years is a worrying stat for a coach of his calibre. In La Liga the record could extend to 1 in 4 years. Just not good enough. This season the argument can be made that he wasn’t supported enough by management but the coach has to shoulder some blame too for the nonchalant displays in the league and the refusal to use the kids from the Cantera. He is clearly a much better tournament coach so that brings us to the poll question below:
Do you prefer a League Specialist or a Knockout Specialist?
This poll is closed
It would be interesting to see if the club brings him back or sends him out on another loan. If he’s brought back where will he play and who’s place will he take in the squad. Lots of questions for the summer.
️| Real Madrid are planning to extend Brahim Díaz’s contract. Confirmed by @FabrizioRomano. pic.twitter.com/NGGedzGQd3— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) February 25, 2023
ICYMI: Even the biggest skeptics can’t deny Real Madrid’s mental fortitude.
Kiyan’s observations article takes a look at how Real Madrid’s performance against Liverpool felt like an extension of last season. Give it a read.