The preseasons are nothing more than a draft of what will come when the victories serve and the defeats hurt, but Bellingham looks great. Ancelotti has designed the equipment for your well-being and English has amply justified such a radical measure. His hierarchy is galactic and not newcomer. Madrid plays for him and he is starting to do very well. With a great goal of his, he linked his second summer victory against a United still far from his history. For desserts, Joselu tied the knot with an exceptional chilena. It was worth waiting for the end to celebrate the stunt.
What they saw in Houston, space city, will be very close to Madrid of the year: many amply justified minutes of Camavinga; a few less for Tchouameni until you realize that this club only admits extraordinary players and not routine ones; appeals to Modric for what matters; Generalate for Bellingham, by investment and by conviction; foreseeable surprise from Fran Garcia to Mendy, and free rein for Vinicius and Rodrygo, whose imagination is taken for granted and not so much the production of goals, a matter doomed to collectivization until Mbappé says otherwise. Joselu has already gotten on that car.
To United, the greatest classic in English football, the country’s first European champion, petro football has galloped by at home and abroad. And to that rump (Qatari in his case) he now climbs in search of reconstruction. Onana and Mount, both starters, have been the first to arrive. And Ten Hag put both of them against Madrid. Also to Varane and casemiroin the book of honor of the last Madrid. Within a minute, the Brazilian had sent Rodrygo to the ground. Soccer is very unsentimental.
And at 7′ bellingham It demonstrated his status as a very high-ranking footballer. He drew an unmarked Rüdiger, controlled the German’s long ball with his left and applied a fatal chip for Onana with his right. A super goal from an undetectable footballer, who goes from the midfielder to the winger, from the true ten to the false nine. No two players are the same, but with Zidane he shares something more than the 5 on his back. A midfielder to cooperate and not to wander. His adaptation has been express, perhaps because the drawing that Ancelotti has prepared has given him a great first push.
The goal was followed by a long stretch of false balance: the ball was distributed, the gunpowder was not. Garnacho and Rashford had the tie, but Madrid visited the enemy area more. Vinicius, with his street cunning, was accumulating Wan-Bissaka to take an inside shot that Onana took. And when he left his band, Fran García took over, one of those repeat full-backs that the Bernabéu likes so much. But the game really illuminated Bellingham, whose enjoyment began to annoy Lisandro Martínez, who applied an unwarranted screw near halftime.
Ancelotti withdrew the Englishman at half-time, changed more than half of the team and Madrid lost color. Nacho had two providential interventions when Bruno Fernandes and Garnacho appeared in a more aggressive United. The Spanish-Argentinean was a constant riot in that band and Lucas Vázquez allowed him more than Carvajal.
The massive change in United with half an hour to go made the game very out of control and led him to the areas more frequently. Lunin saved shots from McTominay, Van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes and Joselu, a newcomer to the game, linked three good chances in three minutes. In the end, a true nine never hurts. And he showed it when United pushed the hardest with a fantastic Chilean kick that sealed the match. He proposes a luxury plan B for a Madrid that arrives at the Classic on Saturday to the nines.
2.Real Madrid: Lunin; Carvajal (Lucas Vázquez, m.46), Rüdiger (Militao, m.46), Alaba (Nacho, m.46), Fran García (Mendy, m.46); Tchouameni (Kroos, m.46), Modric (Brahim, m.62), Camavinga, Bellingham (Valverde, m.46); Rodrygo (Joselu, m.62), Vinícius Jr. (Nico Paz, m.72). Coach: Carlo Ancelotti
0.Manchester United: Onana; Wan-Bissaka (Dalot, m.62), Varane (Maguire, m.62), Lisandro Martínez (Lindelöf, m.62), Shaw (McTominay, m.62); Casemiro (Williams, m.62), Kobbie Mainoo (Christian Eriksen, m.7; van de Beek, m.62); Mason Mount (Pellistri, m.62), Bruno Fernandes, Garnacho (Antony, m.62); Rashford (Jadon Sancho, m.62). Coach: Erik ten Hag.
goals: 1-0, m.6: Bellingham. 2-0, m.89: Joselu.
Banns: Nacho at Real Madrid and Lisandro Martínez and Bruno Fernandes at Manchester United.
Incidences: Friendly match between Real Madrid and Manchester United played at the NRG Stadium in Houston corresponding to the Soccer Champions Tour 2023 played in front of 67,801 people.