Ancelotti closes

Real Madrid has announced that the curtain is lowered. In the last four games, the whites have not conceded a goal. Chelsea, both at the Bernabéu (2-0) and at Stamford Bridge (0-2), Cádiz (0-2) and Celta (2-0) have failed to break the wall built by Thibaut Courtois. What’s more, if we look even further back, only Villarreal (2-3) has drilled the white goal in the last seven games: Valladolid (6-0) and Barcelona (0-4) also stayed dry. There was a reason Carlo Ancelotti stuck out his chest in the press room after beating the Vigo team: “I am very happy that the last four games we have kept a clean sheet. That means health and commitment”.

Courtois has been largely to blame, with miraculous interventions such as that of Marc Cucurella in London or the one stretched against Iago Aspas this Saturday. shark It got huge and put out the light, but it’s not all to Bree’s credit. White’s defense is plugged in. Militao continues to raise his voice in the race to be the best central defender in the world; Rüdiger is showing the most solvent version of him; Praise, when he has been available, he is remembering the one from last year and not the hesitant one from this season; Nacho multiplies, he wins the “Nacho, stay” at the Bernabéu and even disguises himself as a scorer like in Cádiz; Carvajal recovered the flight in the tie against Chelsea where he received his doctorate against a Reece James who appears as a potential threat; and, incidentally, Ancelotti has invented a fireproof left-back like Camavinga.

The “commitment” behind the “gifts”

Madrid has gone from conceding more than one goal per game in his first 46 games (47, an average of 1.02 per duel) to the donut in the last four that leaves the average at 0.94. A substantial improvement that comes with the white club playing the season. With the Copa del Rey final against Osasuna (May 6) and the Champions League semifinals against Manchester City (May 9 and 17) just around the corner. Ancelotti has achieved, after having advocated for it on several occasions during the season, that his boys close down.

Marega scores 2-1 in the Club World Cup final.
Marega scores 2-1 in the Club World Cup final.JESUS ​​ALVAREZ ORIHUELADiaryAS

We are improving, but you have to consider that there were mistakes back”, pointed out the Reggiolo player after winning the Club World Cup against Al Hilal with a 5-3 win that fans like but not coaches. He also emphasized it after seeing how Barça snatches the Spanish Super Cup from them: “We made gifts in the first two goals. (…) We made mistakes again. We have to work on this.”. After verbalizing those “mistakes” and “gifts”, Carletto He has found the Madrid he was looking for. “We are more solid. In the most important moments, the players are more focused on the defensive aspect. It was the key last year and it could be the key this year as well.”, predicted before the visit of Celta. He was not wrong. His boys met again.

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If now the clean sheets appear in achievement, in the League we had to wait until the eighth matchday to find the first. Almería, Celta, Espanyol, Betis, Mallorca, Atlético and Osasuna celebrated a goal in the first seven rounds of the championship and it was not until 0-1 in Getafe that the bolt did not open. And out there, together with the very tough slope of January and the final stretch of 2022, a large part of the league options left. The contrast is striking between the 24 goals conceded by Madrid and the nine by Barcelona who has had less skill with the rival goal (61 goals in favor of Ancelotti’s team compared to 53 for the Barça team).

All against Haaland

The dynamics have changed in time. LaLiga already seems almost ruled out (although if there is a blaugrana puncture against Atleti the cabals will begin), but the Champions League-Cup double excites Real Madrid. A large part of the options, especially to get the Fifteenth, go through maintaining the solvent defensive dynamics and that everyone take a step forward. And it is that Militao will not be able to be in the first leg against Manchester City and Haaland appears as the final enemy from a video game…

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