From the arithmetic side, this Madrid-Betis has ended up being insignificant, but the game offers many points of attention. The main one, which the final in Paris starts today for Madrid, in a kind of lively dress rehearsal after two weeks of very personalized distribution of efforts. The eleven that Ancelotti will present today, as he himself announced almost from Cibeles, It will be very similar to the one that will start the ascent to the Fourteenth in Saint Denis. In addition, the Bernabéu will have the opportunity to say goodbye with gratitude and emotion to Marcelo, Juanmi will speed up his options to become the top national scorer and Betis will try to beat their record for goals in a season and maintain the extra income that fifth place brings them (follow the match live on As.com).
The last three massage matches have cast uncertainty over Ancelotti’s almost invariable roadmap. Rodrygo, last starter and first substitute or vice versa, has scored seven of his nine goals in the last month and a half. Without an indisputable poster, he has been the fourth footballer of the squad who has participated in more games and was decisive in the comebacks against Chelsea Y City. At just 21 years old, he has already played 106 games for Madrid and has begun to mature. “The training he has received is like that of Harvard. Players like Benzema or Vinicius have a lot of influence”, said Jorge Sampaoli a few days ago, who trained Rodrygo at Santos.
In principle, his place went to Valverde, another who is in the first quarter and, however, an essential, Kroos, you have toned down. It is his worst season in auctions, duels and recoveries. In any case, it seems difficult for Ancelotti to dispense with a player loaded with experience in finals. The other big issue on the table is the center of the rear. Alaba has not played since the match at the Etihad. There he retired at half-time and since then he has missed four games. HUntil Monday he will not train with the group again. Added to this uncertainty is Militao’s slump in the last month and the exceptional performance of Nachosilent hero. Turned 32 years old, he has played 41 games in the course. Only once, with Zidane, has he surpassed that mark. He is the sixth player on the squad in performance, according to data from Olocip, and is well above his records of the last five years in defensive efficiency, game construction and recovery. On Sunday, against Cadiz, Ancelotti broke the natural order of his defense (Vallejo, right-back; Lucas Vázquez, left-back) to keep him at center back. Who knows if he left a clue.
the poker of aces
The main poker returns to eleven (Courtois, Modric, Benzema and Vinicius) in a team that has been very greased with them. And Carvajal will have to pick up the pace, since the feat against City he has only played 26 minutes.
Betis’ expectations are not so blank. It is true that he has the season done (he will return to the Europa League, won the cup has not been able to snatch the Champions square from Sevilla), but winning today ensures fifth place, which has a bonus of seven million. The draw also works for you.
Betis has scored 100 goals this year in all competitions, just two short of his record (102 in the 96-97 season, with Serra Ferrer), and that is another barrier within his reach. Like Juanmi’s, 16 goals in this League, two behind Aspas, the top national scorer. Juanmi made his debut for Málaga in 2010, at the age of 16. That same year he became the youngest player in the league to score a brace. (Ansu Fati snatched that mark from him), he won two Under-19 European Championships (with Morata, Sarabia, Saúl, Alcácer, Deulofeu, Jesé, Kepa…), but lost his way when Sheikh Al Thani turned the Andalusian team into a semi-lactic project . They sold him to Southampton, where he did not play with Koeman; he spent three years at Real, where he went from more to less, and when Betis bought him, He suffered an injury that kept him out for almost a year. This season he has scored 20 goals in all competitions and has finally been, at the age of 29, that super goalscorer he was aiming for at the beginning. He and Fekir, the player who receives the most fouls in the league and who has participated in 50% of the team’s goals, have summed up a successful season well. for today’s game Pellegrini recovers Bartra, after his sentence has been completed.
day of goodbyes
The duel will the farewell of Joel Robles and Tello at Betis and the goodbye of the Bernabéu to Marcelocaptain and legend of Madrid, in which he has played 16 seasons, has participated in 545 games, has scored 38 goals, has given 103 assists and has won 24 titles, more than anyone else in the club’s history. He magnificently managed the inheritance of Roberto Carlos and won over a stadium that today will show him the gratitude he deserves. It will be difficult not to see him cry.
Also It will be the last day in Chamartín for Isco and Bale, with long careers in the club but in free fall in recent years, especially the Welshman, hero of the last Champions League. He scored in two finals, left unforgettable goals and a final to forget. Only Wales and golf remain on his banner.