14 Jan 2022 | 11:10 | Football
With the excellence of Vinicius and Karim Benzema, Real Madrid fans have the right to believe what coach Carlo Ancelotti said a few months ago about Ronaldo to be true.
At the end of August 2021, Mr. Ancelotti did something that very few famous coaches do. It is posting status on social networks to refute transfer rumors. “I never intended to bring Ronaldo back to Real Madrid,” the Italian coach wrote on his personal page. “We’re looking to the future.”
Earlier, journalist Edu Aguirre, who is said to be a close friend of Ronaldo, revealed that the Real Madrid head coach had called CR7 to ask him to return to the Bernabeu. No one knows between Aguirre and Ancelotti, who is the liar. But the truth is that since the moment Ronaldo left the Bernabeu, rumors about the Portuguese superstar returning to Real have always appeared.
After Real Madrid’s victory over Barcelona on the morning of January 13 (Hanoi time), the Italian strategist has the right to be satisfied with his choice. The dazzling performance of Vinicius and Benzema is now enough for “Los Blancos” fans to no longer miss Ronaldo.
Defensive midfielder Federico Valverde scored the decisive goal for Real Madrid in extra time but Vinicius and Benzema were the main players in the game. The level of the top strikers helps “Los Blancos” overcome Barcelona.
Coach Xavi’s team played a game of effort and progress against themselves since the start of the season. However, the Catalan club does not have the factors that know how to solve the game like Real Madrid.
Benzema scored a goal and created many dangerous shots towards the goal of Marc-Andre ter Stegen. If the ball did not hit the post or the Barca goalkeeper had poor reflexes, the French striker had another goal.
Vinicius continued his sublime streak with his 15th goal for Real Madrid since the beginning of the season (in all competitions). That’s an impressive feat for a winger. Don’t forget Vinicius is also Real Madrid’s best assist this season with 9 passes to clear the field for teammates.
The situation of running away and leaving the ball for Valverde to score in extra time showed just how advanced Vinicius’ tactical vision was. From a player who only knows how to use breakthrough speed, the Brazilian striker has improved in his ability to finish and pass the ball.
In the list of the most valuable players in the world published by the Center for International Sports Studies (CIES) earlier this year, Vinicius surpassed Erling Haaland (142.5 million euros) to become the most valuable player. third in the world with 166.4 million euros. Statistics of CIES are of course for reference only, but it shows Vinicius’s promotion this season.
Pedja Mijatovic, a former Real Madrid player, rates Barcelona as having played their best El Clasico in two years. However, the quality of the squad declined, making the Camp Nou team unable to get good results.
After the game, coach Xavi said he used Luuk De Jong simply because the Dutch striker had shown high performance in recent times. However, the former Sevilla striker cannot compare with Benzema in terms of reputation and class. The truth is that the Dutch striker only scored one goal quite fortunately.
Benzema is different. He played wide, causing many difficulties for Barca’s defense with a comprehensive skill set. The French striker is ready to go deep and press like a virtual striker.
Benzema assisted Vinicius to open the scoring, then finished himself from a teammate’s cross. He kicked the ball into the post with his non-dominant left foot. After 25 games this season, Benzema scored 23 goals. When the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup ended, 8 Barca strikers scored a total of 24 goals this season.
Rio Ferdinand commented that Benzema is the striker with the best individual technique that the English midfielder has ever faced. “Real Madrid has a right to consider Benzema as the main striker at the moment,” said Ferdinand.
On the wing, Ferran Torres and Ousmane Dembele played poorly compared to Vinicius. Ansu Fati came on and scored with his head to help Barca equalize 2-2 but the 19-year-old striker needed more time to return from injury.
At the moment, no Barca winger is in better form than Vinicius. The duo Benzema and Vinicius directly contributed to 56 goals for Real Madrid this season (statistics from Opta ). No duo in Europe’s top 5 leagues have contributed as many goals.
After 4 years, Real Madrid can forget Ronaldo, although the team’s efforts to fill the void left by the Portuguese superstar at the Bernabeu have never been easy.
Eden Hazard, the expensive signing that directly replaces the Portuguese player, has been disappointing for the past two years. At the same time, Real Madrid also brought in Luka Jovic, a striker now only playing a supporting role at the Bernabeu.
President Florentino Perez even expected Gareth Bale to replace Ronaldo, but the Welsh winger only brought disappointment and was considering retiring.
But with Benzema and Vinicius, coach Ancelotti is right when talking about the bright future of “Los Blancos”. Benzema turned 34 last December but he has not shown any signs of age. Vinicius was born in 2000 and there is still the sky in front of him.
If Real Madrid can successfully recruit Kylian Mbappe or even Erling Haaland next time, they should be confident in the quality of their personnel. Those people are better than Ronaldo’s return.