Real Madrid’s Injury Woes: Can Carlo Ancelotti Overcome His Second-Half Season Struggles?

Real Madrid faces the second part of the season with long-term injuries to Courtois, Militao and Alaba. Just recovered for the cause Vini Jr, Camavinga and Arda Güler. Along the way, they have fallen Carvajal, Nacho (two expulsions), Tchouameni, Brahim and Mendy.Bellingham resist with half a battered shoulder and Kroos y Modric They continue to show that fatigue does not suit them.

Faced with such an emergency situation, it would be legitimate to think that Real Madrid would have been falling little by little in the League standings, would have suffered to get into the round of 16… Nothing could be further from the truth. The white club is the leader, with seven points ahead of Barça, in the domestic championship and has achieved full success (18 out of 18) facing each other in the Champions League. to the current Scudetto champion.

Ancelotti renews with Real Madrid until 2026

Real Madrid has always considered Carletto the ideal coach. Anyone else would have considered the task of keeping the white club at the top impossible. The Italian coach did not make excuses, he rolled up his always elegant suit and leaned his shoulder next to his soccer players. Florentino Pérez has let him know, in the form of a renewal until 2026, that this type of heroics will always be rewarded in the capital.

The transalpine coach now faces the most complicated part of the season in his entire career: the second rounds. It is common to think that Carletto’s teams fall apart in the second part of the season. Sometimes, It is almost a cliché that allows us to justify every ounce of bad fortune.. But the data confirms that Carletto faces his ‘kryptonite’ when matchday 20 arrives.

Ancelotti’s complete seasons in the last decade.

In the last ten seasons, Ancelotti has coached four clubs (Real Madrid, in two stages) for seven full campaigns. The Italian accumulates a difference of -47 points between the first and second rounds. He only came close to equaling his records in his only year in Bavaria. On the contrary, His numbers with Real Madrid shed light on why he has only won one league in Spain.

At Real Madrid: a mistaken memory and debacle last year

In his four seasons with the Chamartín team, Ancelotti has only won one League, the one easily conquered in the 2022-23 season. It is the title that he has repeated the least in his time in Spain, as he has two Copas del Rey, two Champions Leagues, one Spanish Super Cup, two World Cups, two European Super Cups. At the Santiago Bernabéu, Carlo has lost 29 points in the second half of the season, 61% of the last ten seasons.

Perhaps the season most remembered by fans of the white team is 2014-15.. Fate is whimsical, the data dismantles that situation, because It has been the campaign in which Carletto’s Real Madrid has added the most points in the second round and has lost the least compared to the first. Although, to be honest, it is the only season in white that reached the second round as leader and was not able to maintain it at the end of the 38 days.

The worst second round for Ancelotti’s Real Madrid came last season. It is true that the white team got carried away by Barcelona’s advantage, but The Italian’s team only added 33 points, 12 less than in the first. Without mentioning his time at Everton, since it is not considered a club of the same entity and with the same objectives, it is the worst figure that Carletto has achieved in his time as a coach.

There is physical and mental fatigue, a nonsense of incidents, games that end at ten or twelve. It is time to say enough

Ancelotti, last season

Ancelotti’s mole: the rotations

It has been the main defect that the Italian coach has always been accused of. Carletto is not a coach who likes to rotate and has left it clear on countless occasions: “There will only be rotations if there are tired players.” It is a premise that is maintained over the seasons. Although, with squads of the magnitude that he has enjoyed in Madrid, he is sometimes considered reckless.

There will only be rotations if there are tired players

Carlo Ancelotti, coach of Real Madrid

Ancelotti lists his rivals in the fight for La Liga with a surprise that no one expects.

This season the situation has changed. Rotations are very scarce, but neither the squad was as complete as possible nor have injuries allowed us to see Carlo Ancelotti’s true plans. According to the MARCA database, six footballers have already surpassed the 1,000 minute barrier in the League: Rüdiger (1,570), Valverde (1,568), Bellingham (1,463), Rodrygo (1,408), Kroos (1,210), Carvajal (1,180) and Alaba (1,156).

Minutes played by Real Madrid players

During the 2023-24 season in La Liga

  • Antonio Rüdiger, 1,570
  • Federico Valverde, 1,568
  • Jude Bellingham, 1.463
  • Rodrygo, 1,408
  • Toni Kroos, 1.210
  • Dani Carvajal, 1,180
  • David Alaba, 1,156
  • Kepa Arrizabalaga, 990
  • Aurélien Tchouaméni, 981
  • Joselu, 873
  • Luka Modric, 804
  • Fran Garcia, 770
  • Vinicius Junior, 769
  • Eduardo Camavinga, 751
  • Ferland Mendy, 725
  • Andriy Lunin, 720
  • Nacho, 584
  • Brahim Díaz, 539
  • Lucas Vazquez, 482
  • Dani Ceballos, 144
  • Éder Militão, 50
  • Nicolás Paz, 19
  • Gonzalo García, 17

The good news for Carlo is that his rivals in the League are in a more compromised situation: Girona (11 footballers!), Barcelona (seven footballers) and Atlético de Madrid (seven footballers). Having overcome this part of the season with the large number of his starters in the infirmary may have been an advantage for the transalpine coach. It is the award that Ancelotti has for having overcome adversity. Now we have to finish in May and put an end to that Second parts never was good.

2024-01-21 04:46:11
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