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Chronology of the unsuspected: the 12 months that brought Madrid back to life

Chronology of the unsuspected: the 12 months that brought Madrid back to life

A little less than a year ago, the white project seemed finished and today Ancelotti’s team leads LaLiga with authority.

Militao and Mendy, after Wednesday’s triumph at San Mams.AFP
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How curious and indecipherable is the world of sports sometimes, that they tell Madrid. On January 29, 2021, an expulsion of Eder Militao, unreliable substitute for Sergio Ramos Then, it caused the victory of Levante in Valdebebas and the crisis in the whole of Zinedine Zidane. Defeated in the Super Cup, eliminated from the Cup, eleven points behind the league leader and with a squad led by veterans, the project seemed to enter an inevitable point and end.

Almost a year later, without Zidane but with Carlo Ancelotti, without Ramos but with David praise, led by the same veterans (Luka modric Y Karim Benzema) and empowered by the youths who were doubted (Vinicius and Militao), Madrid rule Spanish football with an iron fist and have only lost three games. This is the chronology of his resurrection.


Madrid fell in the semifinals of the Super Cup against Athletic and in the Cup against Alcoyano. A disaster of the month to which was added the defeat against Levante in the League and the injury of a Ramos that still did not renew.


Zidane exploded at a press conference, warning of the end of the cycle in summer, and his staff reacted. I am not going to leave him, let us work, then many things can happen, assured the Frenchman, who already seemed to observe his departure. That month, the whites won all five games they played.


The thunder box with Ramos. The center-back forced to play for Spain and was injured. He will only be back for the return leg against Chelsea, in May. Those weeks cracked his relationship with the club, while Militao consolidated itself as an interesting option for the future.


Vinicius scored a double in the first leg of the quarterfinals against Liverpool and made one think of the type of footballer he could become. Madrid surpassed those of Jrgen klopp and stood two duels away from the continental final while fighting the League with Atltico. A miracle for Zidane, whose wardrobe suffers an eternal plague of injuries.


Madrid jumped onto the London lawn without Raphael varane, Dani carvajal neither Lucas vzquez, and with Ramos, Ferland mendy, Eden Hazard Y Fede Valverde between cottons. That was swimming to die on shore, but with pride, they remember at the club. Zidane’s decisions were quite questioned. In the league, the draw in Seville condemn the madridistas.


The season ended with Zidane’s tough farewell letter, I’m leaving because the club doesn’t give me the confidence I need, Ancelotti’s presentation and Ramos’ goodbye press conference: I accepted a year, but they told me that the offer had timed out. Madrid had broken with its two pillars, coach and captain, and seemed to be entering a change of cycle, with Carletto insisting on the youngsters.


The sale of Varane and the signing of Alaba completed the renovation of a defense in which Militao takes on a leading role. Modric renewed, the Madrid market was left at the expense of the situation of Kylian mbapp.


Madrid renewed Benzema, sold to Martin Odegaard and kept the veterans’ block in midfield and lead, with the return of Gareth Bale and hope in Hazard. Mbapp did not arrive, yes Eduardo Camavinga, and in the environment doubts flew over a squad that seemed not to have the level to fight all the titles.


The young people (Vinicius, Rodrygo and Camavinga) had an outstanding start to the season, leading the team in victories at San Siro and Mestalla and assisting in the rotations of Ancelotti, but the Sheriff stormed the Bernabu and everything changed.


And, suddenly, Vinicius. A stellar performance in Donetsk, a great Clsico and two other goals against Elche unexpectedly put the Brazilian on the podium of the best players of the moment. Madrid went through a mini crisis and Ancelotti ended the rotations.


A perfect month under the hierarchy of Militao and Alaba, the wand of Casemiro, Modric and Toni Kroos and with Vinicius and Benzema as the top scorers in the League. The defeats of Barcelona and Atltico began to give Madrid a lot of air in the leadership.


The confirmation of a template that refuses to change cycles. Benzema finished the year with a double at San Mams and Modric was the best against Atltico and Inter to grab first place in the Champions League and further distance himself in the League.

Reference from elmundo