Three games in seven days advise to take the first accounts. Madrid sees Mallorca as the flattest stage of how many it has traveled and the immediately subsequent ones. So Ancelotti announces changes. And Mallorca looks at the Bernabéu like a sprinter to an alpine summit, far from their possibilities. So Luis García announces changes. What happens is that then nothing can be what it seems (follow the game live on As.com).
Two seasons ago, behind a FIFA window, Zidane exaggerated plan B in Son Moix and Madrid fell to Mallorca that would finish in Second (1-0). The post-game was filled with signaled: Odriozola (who saw the red), Militao (he did not play a minute in the next seven games), Isco, James, Jovic (it took him two months to start again) and even Vinicius. Nine of the starters of that day in the Vermilion team are still on the roster. Zidane did not repeat such a radical rotation and Madrid then chained 21 games without losing, fifteen of them in the League. That streak would lead to the title.
Kubo, at the Bernabéu
Now Mallorca has a better face thanks to its defensive firmness. With three goals he has scored eight points. That plan already took him to Primera last year with Luis García. As the least thrashed team in the category, they rose with great reliability. All in all, it has been reinforced with ten signings and an investment of nine million. Among them, Kubo, who has only performed at a high level at Mallorca. He did it in the first season, with four goals and five assists after an uncertain start, but he punctured at Villarreal. Emery only gave him two games as a starter in the League and ended up leaving Getafe in the winter market. Nor did it curdle there. He was more substitute than important and the highlight of his stay was scoring the goal that saved the team mathematically. It was his only blue bullseye.
Now it is relevant again. He has played all five games (four as a starter) although he has yet to attend or score. Today he may return to the bench because Luis García looks to Sunday, when his team receives Osasuna, a direct rival. Yesterday he announced changes, which will be from midfield forward because four of his six injured are defenders. Go back with what is fair. But the attack front will be new, with options for Battaglia, Febas, Hoppe, Kang-in Lee or Lago Junior, Madrid’s executioner in the last match in Son Moix.
Camavinga and Asensio
In them is Ancelotti. Five players, Courtois, Benzema, Militao, Casemiro and Valverde have started all six games this season and played with their national teams in the September FIFA window. The last three, with the plus of trips to South America. And there are veterans like Modric in high demand. So it’s time to change the guard to spread the effort and alleviate discontent.
Among the possible is Miguel Gutiérrez, a more natural left back than Nacho; Camavinga, first relief in almost all the meetings; Rodrygo and even Asensio, Who the coach guesses as a midfielder but does not dare to test him for real. He has only played 68 minutes so far this year. It seems more difficult for him to take risks with Jovic, who is light years away from Benzema, or with Blanco, whose premiere is still pending. Lucas Vázquez will relieve Carvajal.
Madrid comes to the duel at the head of the big figures (top scorer, best goal elaboration, highest number of shots …)but he has suffered too much in his last two dates. This is where a door opens to Mallorca.