Militao, the strange blunders of the most expensive defender in the history of Real Madrid

The mistakes Eder Militao’s defenders are strange and They worry at Real Madrid. They are smaller than the successes, but in the position in which he plays, they are fatal. The Brazilian center-back is a special case with whom he works Carlo Ancelotti. He has extraordinary physical conditions, from which he takes advantage in duels with rivals, and is vulnerable due to his disconnections in specific actions with the ball and in placement.

The blunders mark a central defender and Militao (23 years old) has to correct his inattentions soon. In the Classic of the Spanish Super Cup played in Saudi Arabia he was irregular. Fragile and insecure. To achieve success, to be a guarantee of lock in the defensive structure of Real Madrid, it is convenient to scratch perfection and this begins by not making what is easy difficult. He continues to have regularity and appear in the big games of the season. What comes ahead on the calendar are knockout ties and the club are eager for everything to go well for the Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain.

Ancelotti embraces the stride, but does not meet the goal of making blood in the Classic

Ulises Sanchez-Flor

Military is one of those suffer from overconfidence that gets on Ancelotti’s nerves. This is its main problem and it affects performance when what is safe and what makes you reliable is to compete with a very high concentration. You have to have something special to establish yourself as a central defender at Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos overconfidence was overlooked because he scored, among other things, goals like the one in the Décima. Militao still has a long way to go to have the influence that Sergio Ramos transmitted. Even Raphael Varane, who in his early years went through something similar to what happened to Militao. The leadership has been taken by the Austrian David Alaba.

Alaba’s help

It is not easy to take over from two central defenders who wrote brilliant pages at Real Madrid and their National Teams. The couple Military-Alaba has managed to join in record time and they are part of Real Madrid’s good performance to be a consistent leader in the League. But when Militao lowers the tension and attention, confusion appears. He has to solve a problem of concentration and placement in actions that are basic for a first level center back. Alaba covers and improves Militao, but there are individual decisions in which the Brazilian chooses poorly and this is what worries his coach.

Militao and Araujo dispute a ball in the Super Cup Classic held in Saudi Arabia

At this beginning of the year he has sung two. He fell asleep during the Getafe goal that cost his team defeat and was clueless in the Classic from Riyadh. He cleared badly on Luuk de Jong’s goal, which meant Barcelona’s equalizer near the break. He put Barça in the game. It allowed the reaction of Xavi’s team, who came out with more energy and morale in the second half. The mood of the azulgranas improved. He pissed off his coach. Nor did it bother Ansu Fati’s header in Barça’s second goal. Militao played the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup without David Alaba at his side. He did it with Nacho, who is said to always deliver, whether you put him on the side or center, because of his sobriety and concentration. Nacho neither trusts nor adorns himself.

improve mindset

Militao’s oversights cost goals and he suffers especially in lateral crosses to the area for a placement problem. It happened to him in Ansu Fati’s shot and in the match against him Sevilla at the Bernabéu with Rafa Mir’s headed goal. The time of the season comes when failures are critical, in which Militao’s football level and hierarchy at Real Madrid will be looked at with a magnifying glass. Last season he ended up playing as a starter together with Nacho, due to the absences of Ramos and Varane, and both fulfilled an outstanding performance. This season started well, but now he is going through a rough patch and everything depends on him, on his mentality.

There is a perception that he plays a bit too much. The club gave him an award as the best player in the squad for the month of December. He went to the Christmas holidays thinking that he had already done everything. It is the error, the evil of the center-back, which puts the Real Madrid coach on alert. We have heard Ancelotti say on more than one occasion that he prefers defenders to be distrustful because it is synonymous with being permanently involved in the match from start to finish. The commitment of the Brazilian is high, the physical effort admirable, but he tends to disconnect and that relaxation puts the team in trouble.

Photo: Raúl García celebrates a goal in an Athletic match.  (EFE/Miguel Toma)
The embarrassment of the Spanish Super Cup that only Raúl García dares to denounce

Ulises Sanchez-Flor

There are interesting virtues in the Brazilian central defender that make him stand out for his speed and anticipation. but it lacks improve concentration and learn the trade, the automatisms that are essential when protecting the center of defense. He arrived at Real Madrid without doing as central. Having alternated the position of right back with that of central in the Port. He has had time and opportunities are being given to him. Real Madrid is a team that demands immediate performance and the club has relied on him as a central defender when it restructured the defense with the departures of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. In the club they consider the hiring of another center-back.

The position of central defender demands enormous responsibility. Be strong and intense physically and intelligent in movements to avoid unnecessary risks. With these two qualities, it can be said that there is a Militao for many years. He is a player who gives joy, but also disappoints his coach and what is asked of the most expensive defender in the history of Real Madrid (he cost 50 million euros) is to increase concentration.

Is a defending who looks good, who needs more experience. It is a commitment of the club in the policy of young talents, but to have a long career and want to mark an era in such a demanding demarcation and that footballers such as Fernando Hierro and Sergio Ramos have led, rude mistakes are not allowed.

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