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Something’s up with Militao

Something's up with Militao

The serious and grim gesture of Carlo Ancelotti (63 years old) denoted a certain anger during the press conference after the seventh defeat of the whites this season. But The Italian coach’s short, dry, direct and warning response to a question about Militao (25) clearly indicated who was the target of his anger: “Yeah. You must wake up. And soon”. The message, short and forceful, was addressed to the Brazilian central defender, the head of the white defense while David Alaba (30) is absent. And it is that the figures of the last six days have left a lot to be desired: the whites have played six games, with three defeats and as many victories… but with a devastating fact. The madridistas have conceded 11 goals (three from Villarreal, four from Girona, two from Almería and the two conceded in San Sebastián). That is the total number of goals conceded by Barcelona in the 33 league games that the Catalans have played…

Ancelotti has been warning for some time about the defensive relaxation of his players. Something that, like a good Italian coach, he can’t stand. What’s more, the messages addressed to the rear area have been hardened by Reggiolo’s. After the heavy defeat against Girona (4-2), Ancelotti was emphatic: “At a defensive level, it was a bad game, that was the key. Without defensive commitment this team has trouble winning games. Today we have not had the usual defensive commitment. If the players haven’t understood it, I’m going to repeat it every day”. Just over 50 hours later, and in another appearance before the press, the Italian continued with his message: “The analysis has been good and we know that we did not do well there. It’s time to concentrate more. The dressing room has understood this and against Almería it will be different”. Asked about the reasons for these disconnections, Ancelotti was reflective: “I don’t know. It is a matter of concentration and I even consider it normal that one is not always at the top”.

Éder Militao’s season statistics.

The truth is that the call to lead the axis of the rear He has been very unlucky in the last week: against Girona, taty Castellanos took him out in all the portraits of the Girona goals. Militao did not win a single aerial duel nor any entry. He committed a foul, which cost him a yellow card… Against Almería, more of the same: He did not prevail again in the aerial game, he did not commit a single foul and won a single entry (his teammate Rüdiger did it three times). Against Real Sociedad, and despite showing his power from above by winning four aerial duels (on this occasion he was successful), he failed miserably in getting the ball out, costing Madrid the first goal of the game, but he did not commit any infraction either. Maybe that’s what Ancelotti wants, to get the genius out of him on occasion.

Curiously, his poor performances come after vindicating himself before the second leg of the quarterfinals against Chelsea. Inside Stamford Bridge, the brazilian was not cut when it came to assessing himself as one of the best central defenders at the moment: “It is an opinion of each one, but I think I am on the road. When I arrived it was a difficult time because of the great players there were. But now I’m doing very well, ”he explained then. But since then, the whites have conceded eight goals in the league…

Hence this direct, short and concise message from Ancelotti about Militao. They don’t want relaxation, especially in this final stretch of the season, where the Whites are playing for the Cup title and defending their crown as current European champions achieved last year. For this first match against Manchester City, he will not be able to count on Militao, absent after serving a one-match suspension, but his performance must be key against the citizens and, above all, against a striker like Haaland. Already last season, with the league title already in his pocket, the Brazilian disconnected in the final stretch of the season. And that is something that makes Ancelotti uncomfortable. Something happens in the final stretches of the courses with Militao, and Carletto He doesn’t want blackouts… especially now.

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