Carvajal worries

After unsealing the ‘De la Fuente era’ against Norway (3-0) at La Rosaleda with more effectiveness than shine, the new Red collapsed with a crash and impotence three days later against Scotland (2-0) at Hampden Park. A mirage that undoes, for the moment, the revolution and that adds a worrying footnote to the new coach’s notebook: the right-back. Neither Pedro Porro, who played his second match as an absolute international with more shadows than lights, nor Dani Carvajal have met expectations in a position now open to opposition.

In fact, Don Benito’s winger, recently signed by Tottenham Hotspur in exchange for his release clause of 45 million euros, was replaced by the Real Madrid player at half-time. Dissatisfied with the performance of the right wing, with Andy Robertson in his element in the first half, he took over on the side. Joint by Carvajal, plus Nico Williams, who sent Yeremy to the left. The formula didn’t work either, as the second part would show.

Carvajal tries to stop Tierney at the beginning of the action that generated the 2-0.
Carvajal tries to stop Tierney at the beginning of the action that generated the 2-0.LEE SMITHActionImages via Reuters

If the first goal came after a slip by Porro in a defensive action questionable in terms of intensity, the second also came from the same coordinates, changing to the main actor indicated: Carvajal. The action of the 2-0, also the work of Scott McTominay, places the Real Madrid player in the image and in the critic’s firing squad. His failure in a short pass on Mikel Merino ended up conceding Scotland’s counterattack, in which Kieran Tierney erased the stickers at a gallop, missing the ‘2 ′ Spanish later in his charge attempt. A succession of errors with that body language of individual frustration as the best summary, in the image and likeness of the collective.

“Barefoot dogs of the Spanish defense, starring Carvajal. Carvajal regrettably resigns from the play”, said Antonio Romero, Real Madrid narrator in the sports carousel of the SER chain. The Leganense became a trending topic on Twitter. Against Norway, like Spain, he showed better numbers than sensations. He led the statistics in occasions created (three) and passes completed in the last third (28) and was the fifth with the most passes completed (63), ahead, for example, of Mikel Merino or Gavi, but Elyounoussi put him in trouble with assiduity.

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Carvajal has inspiration

Neither Yeremy nor Nico Williams offered the necessary help, but the triangle formed by Robertson, Tierney and Christie on the left again displayed the worrying recent symptoms of Carvajal: imprecise, far from his characteristic intensity and tactically lost, almost impotent. Insecure in defense and blunt in attack. A problem that, far from being punctual, threatens to become chronic. In the last Clásico played at the Camp Nou, the ’20’ reappeared in the photo of the 2-1 final. An imprecise delivery in the offensive phase gave rise to the counterattack that ended with Kessié’s goal, which left the championship practically in sight.

Carvajal’s version as one of the best in the world in his position was seen dropper last season and already in the last one with Zinedine Zidane on the bench, when Lucas Vázquez established himself as something more than an alternative on the defensive right flank. The injuriesIn this regard, they can provide an answer to why, resulting in a considerable ballast for your confidence.

36 games were lost in the 2020/21 season, compared to 14 last year. This one, in which it seems to have recovered continuity but not confidence, has already lost four. Their individual contributions to the white team have also been affected: one goal and eight assists on 19/20, four assists on 20/21 and one goal and another four assists on 21/22.

Carvajal, however, knows what it is to confront these ghostsreaching notable peaks of form and performance in the final stretch of the season, such as in the last Champions League final played at the Stade de France (Paris) against Liverpool, where he completed a match to frame, annulling Luis Díaz, who He arrived inspired, and condemning Robertson to defensive facets.

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