In the last two seasons, the Real Madrid has encountered a serious problem: your defense. In the last decade, in which the Whites once again became the king of Europe, lifting four Champions League -three of them in a row-, much of the success lay in his defensive solidity, cemented with the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo. The departure of the Portuguese generated doubts in the team, since the absence of 50 goals per season could be noticed by the entity, but, then, Karim Benzema took a step forward, assuming those gallons. What no one could hope for was that, the great pillar of the team, fell apart.
Already last year, the doubts arrived: the injuries of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, added to the continuous losses of Marcelo, the unexpected injury of Ferland mendy and the numerous relapses of Dani carvajal, caused urgent touch-ups in the team. Eder Militao and Nacho Fernandez had to take on responsibilities, while other young people like Miguel Gutierrez O Victor Chust They took the leap to cover the shortcomings of the team. Precisely, there the possibility of winning a title escaped to Madrid last year. For that reason, before starting this season, Madrid tried to solve the problem.
From the sports department, not only was Militao awarded Nacho, but it is considered that they had demonstrated to have experience and sufficient level to become starters of the team, after confirming the departure of the pair of starting centrals that gave so much success to the team. Both Mendy and Carvajal would regain their form and, in the meantime, the signing of David Alaba arrived to reinforce the team, a player who can play in all positions behind. To complete the defensive roster, the whites recovered Vallejo… but, again, the milkmaid’s accounts have not come out and Carlo Ancelotti he encounters another problem after the losses of Militao and Alaba.
The season has just started, but Madrid’s defensive problems are evident. ‘Carletto’ does not finish hitting the key in the rear, a problem that is derived from a very clear reason: he has not yet been able to play with his starting defense for a single minute. Mendy, in the final phase of recovery – he already trains with the team and is expected to be able to play in Kiev-, has not yet been able to debut this course because of a strange injury that has lasted for a long time. But, as if that were not enough, Carvajal has relapsed from his muscular problems which, added to the loss of Marcelo, has left the wingers orphans.
This situation has caused countless variations and movements in the defense of Madrid. Alaba and Nacho have moved between the side and the center of the rear, Miguel has entered and left the team, Lucas Vázquez has not convinced as a right lane and even, Fede Valverde and Camavinga have played that position when Ancelotti has needed it. But the first serious problem really comes a little less than ten days before the Classic: to this day, Real Madrid cannot count on any of its four starting defenders, which can make it play against Barcelona and, before, in the Champions with an unusual defense.
Mendy, the good news?
In the absence of seeing how is Mendy and what a load of minutes could she bear In case of playing, right now the Real Madrid defense to play against Shakthar -and even, in his case against Barça-, could be the one formed by Lucas Vazquez, Nacho, Vallejo and Miguel Gutierrez, without a doubt, unprecedented and not with too many minutes in high demand matches this course. Nacho would be the defender who has played the most games this season, practically a starter in every game but, in fact, the youth squad is not a starter for Ancelotti, since its typical defense is formed by Carvajal, Militao, Alaba and Mendy.
Madrid continues with its problems at the rear, which have been increased by the problems of Militao and Alaba in national team matches. The Brazilian has a small muscle problem, while the Austrian has a very strong blow to one of his knees that, presumably, make them low in the face of the next two crashes, Kiev and the Classic, while waiting for the evolution. The defense continues to bring Ancelotti down the street of bitterness, who neither ends up having the whole team recovered nor finding a guaranteed defense. An ongoing headache that doesn’t seem to have a short-term solution.