Atlético Madrid and Actual Madrid performed out a unusual derby on Sunday night time, which completed 1-0 to Atleti courtesy of a Yannick Carrasco penalty. For Diego Simeone’s aspect, it was once an important win of their pursuit of Champions League soccer subsequent season, while the 3 issues didn’t subject at fascinated by the already-crowned champions. The ambience on the Wanda Metropolitano supposed it felt essential, however the Actual Madrid line-up additionally made it really feel like a pre-season pleasant. It was once abnormal, however it was once attention-grabbing and there’s so much to speak about, with those 3 pre-match questions we had and 3 extra post-match questions.
1. Simply how a lot would Actual Madrid rotate?
We knew there can be rotations from Actual Madrid for this sport. Even maximum fanatics have been burnt out after the thrills and spills of Wednesday night time, so, even with Antonio Pintus’ magic, how may the gamers now not be fatigued too? Ancelotti did discuss within the pre-match about short of to admire the contest, suggesting he wouldn’t rotate vastly as a mark of admire to the groups chasing Atleti for Champions League qualification. However, in reality, the Italian did exchange virtually his whole line-up. There have been best 3 starters on the Wanda Metropolitano who would make it into the ‘Gala XI’, particularly Éder Militão, Casemiro and Toni Kroos. Regardless of how meaningless this fixture, it was once nonetheless a derby, in order that was once a little bit of a surprise.
2. May just Jović change Mariano?
We now not ask if Luka Jović can change Karim Benzema. That roughly communicate belongs within the deep deep previous. However, may he change Mariano, who needed to pull out of the line-up after struggling an harm right through the warm-up? It was once herbal for the Serbian to take Mariano’s spot in this sort of circumstance, however Ancelotti and co. definitely didn’t plan this line-up with Jović in thoughts. The one factor he and Mariano have in not unusual is that they’re backup strikers for Actual Madrid. Aside from that, they’re two very various kinds of centre-forward. If the plan were to play Jović from the beginning, the items round him would definitely had been structured just a little another way. So, this was once probably the most many issues of Actual Madrid’s beginning XI, but even so the rotations.
3. Would there be a ‘pasillo’?
By the point this tournament came over, we already knew the solution to this query. However, this were a debate all week, ever since Actual Madrid clinched the identify final Saturday. Would Atlético Madrid give their competitors Actual Madrid a ‘pasillo’, a guard of honour? They determined now not to take action, with Diego Simeone explaining that it might be taken as an indication of “disrespect” from the Atleti gamers to their fanbase. On the finish of the day, it doesn’t actually make a distinction whether or not a guard of honour is given or now not. The larger drawback from Actual Madrid’s standpoint was once the ‘pasillo’ that was once given to Cunha for the penalty.
1. What number of days till the Champions League ultimate?
This was once a tricky stay up for Actual Madrid fanatics. It was once a pre-season line-up in an respectable derby. That’s now not a laugh, however the rest 3 LaLiga video games almost certainly received’t be too exciting both. Ancelotti is aware of he can’t let his starters get rusty forward of the Champions League ultimate, however we almost certainly will see a large number of the perimeter gamers soak up many mins from now to the top of the home marketing campaign. So, it’s a little bit of a countdown now for Madridistas till the general, the following and best sport that issues ahead of the summer season. It’s on Might twenty eighth. So, there’s 20 extra days of this sleep mode finish of the season to move.
2. When can we see Lunin once more?
The only rotation that was once introduced ahead of the sport was once that of Andriy Lunin coming in for Thibaut Courtois. You’ll inform that Ancelotti actually likes the Ukrainian, however that he clearly can’t drop probably the most in-form goalkeeper in global soccer. So, having received the league, this was once a excellent alternative to present Lunin a shot in a larger festival than the Copa del Rey. And, he did neatly. The penalty purpose clearly wasn’t his fault, whilst he saved his crew in it with the large save on Cunha in the second one part. So, now the query is: when can we see Lunin once more? Will he have some other alternative over those ultimate few LaLiga video games? Or will he be out till subsequent season’s Copa del Rey. The younger shot-stopper had long past 1,086 days between his earlier LaLiga look and this one. Now 23 years previous, he merely can’t wait some other 3 years for his subsequent shot in top-flight tournament.
3. May just we see Rodrygo on the No.9 spot extra steadily?
When Jović was once substituted off at the hour mark, it supposed Actual Madrid completed the tournament with a entrance 3 of Asensio at the proper, Vinícius at the left and Rodrygo within the center. That was once very attention-grabbing. Or, no less than, it would had been, The issue was once that Actual Madrid were given into the general 3rd so little in that ultimate part hour, excluding for the stoppage time, that there wasn’t a lot to look at, despite the fact that focusing in at the Brazilian as a substitute of gazing the remainder of the play. All of us noticed on Wednesday how clever Rodrygo was once in and across the six-yard field, along with his obtrusive ability. So, possibly he may well be an emergency No.9 from time to time. The great factor is that he has the proper mentality and turns out to include enjoying anywhere he’s situated.