Álvaro, the alternative

Finding a squire for Benzema was a latent issue throughout last summer that did not reach port. Neither did an option appear on the market that was adequate to what was assumed for the position (a replacement of guarantees that assumed that he could end up playing a few minutes) nor did the alternatives from within the house come to fruition. Mayoral, who was running to assume the role that Morata played seasons ago, headed for Getafe in search of minutes (he has played almost everything in the blue shirt, 2,139 minutes). AND He left Ancelotti with Hazard and Rodrygo, two ‘nines’ converted before the inconsequentiality of Mariano. until an unexpected option arose overwhelming from the Juvenil: that of Álvaro Rodríguez.

There was no way to get Eden back for the cause and the Brazilian is an all-rounder in attack, but not a specialist. AND in Pamplona the solution appeared. Without Karim and with a Hazard that has been unprecedented since the Cup match against Cacereño, Ancelotti gave the final minutes to Álvaro, who entered at 88′. At 18, a league debut (he had already played with the first team precisely in Cáceres) brilliant with two assistsone of which came to naught after Vinicius’s goal disallowed by VAR. Confirmation came seven days later at the Bernabéu, with the goal that gave Madrid a draw against Atlético.

LaLiga Santander 2022/2023

2real Madrid561754
3Atletico Madrid51fifteen65

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Between one game and another 15 minutes that were enough for Ancelotti to issue his verdict at the end of the derby: “Next season he will be in the first team, because he has a quality like few others. His age, an important height, he is powerful, he handles the ball well and goes formidable with his head. In this last stretch of the season we will assess whether we need it, which I think we do, or Castilla. I think you can combine them. We are going to handle it well with Raúl”.

A Raúl who had already been dazzled by Álvaro Rodríguez, who recruited him for Castilla. “One day I was watching Juvenil B, there was a cross and I saw him finish it off as he hadn’t seen anyone in the quarry for a long time. I brought him up due to circumstances and needs, and I saw that he didn’t look out of place, I saw that what I imagined he could do ”, commented the subsidiary coach.

Analytical profile of Álvaro Rodríguez.
Analytical profile of Álvaro Rodríguez.

In Raúl’s subsidiary, he has overtaken a Iker Bravo who arrived this summer with a projection of the first team and was even registered with a record in the Champions League so that Ancelotti could dispose of him if he considered it appropriate. Álvaro, whom the club had renewed until 2027 weeks before making his debut with the first team, is the bet for the 9 next season waiting for Haaland in 2024.

Mariano finishes his stage this summer

What is coming will be a summer of Departures. One of those that will take place without any type of discussion on the part of the club is that of Mariano, who ends his contract after five almost unprecedented seasons. Madrid picked him up from Lyon in 2018 making use of his scoring option to avoid signing him for Sevilla and at no time has he been a real alternative to Benzema. In these five years, he has barely played 1,617 minutes (the equivalent of 18 complete games), spread over 67 games and has only scored seven goals…

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