Real Madrid have two new heroes. He goes from admiring Vinicius to applauding Courtois’ paradons and Rodrygo’s finishing touch. Another Brazilian who works at the beginning of the season, but this time in a more complicated setting than the games that have been played in the League. Rodrygo took advantage of his minutes, your chance at San Siro, against an Inter that went from more to less during the game.
The Italian team overwhelmed Real Madrid in the first half and collided with the safety of Courteous. Immeasurable under sticks. Agile, fast, elastic and focused. The goalkeeper saved the team in the first period and Rodrygo pointed to the Italian champion with a goal manufactured by another young man, Eduardo Camavinga. The young French midfielder makes a good start at Madrid. He scored a goal six minutes after his debut at the Bernabéu and showed maturity in his debut in the Champions League. Seen in the first half, it seemed impossible that Ancelotti’s team could win the San Siro.
The party has two owners. The first half was for Inter. The second for Ancelotti’s team, which went through moments of suffering, stress and turned it around with a more courageous and the freshness of the young Rodrygo and Camavinga. The best thing that Real Madrid took at halftime was the result. The worst thing is the bath of physical power and offensive bombardment of Inter Milan. It was no use for Ancelotti to sacrifice Hazard and bet on Lucas Vázquez at the end to give balance to the system. Madrid was once again, as in La Liga, a fragile and inconsistent team. In the structure to shield the block he moved Nacho to the left side and put Alaba with Militao as a central pair. This concern for defending well highlighted the coach’s concern that his team be able to improve on defense and not concede so much. In the League he has come forward with the efficiency and inspiration of Benzema and Vinicius. The Champions is another level. It demands more suffering.
Courtois accumulated work. The Belgian goalkeeper had one of those bright nights. In 20 minutes he had already avoided the goal in a save with his foot to Dzeko and another with hands to Lautaro. Inter came and went, but also forgiven. He did not take advantage of his physical superiority with which he crushed the left wing defended by Vinicius and Nacho. Madrid suffered without the ball and it was difficult for them to get out, progress, deepen and step on the area. He flustered with a distant shot from housemiro and a header from Militao, on a corner kick, which brushed past the post. The best chance in the first part.
At the break it was reached with a zero draw and the feeling that Madrid was playing with fire. With a lineup that did not improve solidity or had the speed to surprise in counterattack actions. Vinicius, the fastest, was overruled by the strength and craft of tough defenders such as Skriniar, De Vrij and Brozovic. Inter had a plan to stop the Brazilian. Lots of help, anticipation, and intimidation. The second part was another history. Vinicius broke his hips for speed. Madrid went from resisting behind and entrusting itself to its goalkeeper being successful in attacking.
In the Madrid block that got behind there were exhausted players, with symptoms of fatigue and two of them are key because they play in the center of the field. housemiro and Modric were gray. Ancelotti needed them to give balance and control to the transition system. The physical level of the Inter players was higher until the break. Later the team grew by advancing the lines. Improved in everything. Inter came down, who noticed the effort.
The reaction at the beginning of the second part was remarkable. Real Madrid took the field with another more daring attitude and a risky approach. He went for Inter to his field. I do not wait. Modric reached out and dragged the team away. The party changed with the arrivals of Faith Valverde, vertical and forceful in his appearances.
The assistance of Camavinga
In the best moment of the Ancelotti team came the clearest chance for Inter’s goal. A chopped head shot of DzekoIn minute 53, he was rejected with both hands by Courtois throwing himself down. A stoppage for the Belgian in a powerful jump from the Bosnian who beat the white defense overhead. Another scare in the body for a Madrid that had decided to go on the attack. He did not give up the goal. Vinicius wanted to fight, to fight and exploited his speed down the left wing. One of his actions ended with a shot of Carvajal, which was rejected by goalkeeper Handanovic. The best for Madrid in 57 ‘. Ancelotti’s team turned up the aggressiveness and depth. He equalized the game and ended up being superior with the Camavinga-Rodrygo couple.
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Ancelotti’s first change was to put Rodrygo by Lucas Vázquez to give it more depth on the right wing. Hazard was still on the bench. It went right. Rodrygo scored the goal, caught the ball in the small area in 89 ‘, with the assistance of Camavinga. The game of Real Madrid had improved. It rose in intensity and depth. He went on to dominate Inter with the speed of the explosive Vinicius, the dynamism of Rodrygo and Camavinga. The feeling of danger was in the Inter area. Eduardo Camavinga had replaced Modric in 80 ‘. He came in very plugged in. The newly arrived boy played ahead of Hazard, who was heating up the entire second half. Ancelotti’s plan worked.
“It’s a very important victory with a complete game. Better in the second half than in the first. We haven’t conceded a goal thanks to Courtois. Inter slowed down because they had a lot of intensity in the first half and we were able to control it. With the inning from Rodrygo we open the field. I told him that the number of minutes is not important and I liked the coldness he has in front of the goal. I liked the team, the attitude, because it had the capacity to suffer. A clean sheet helps us to have confidence “, is the analysis of Carlo Ancelotti.