After completely disabling the “scoring machine” Erling Haaland in the first leg semi-final at the Bernabeu, the German midfielder was once again trusted by Carletto to accompany the Norwegian striker in the second leg. . This is what the Italian strategist himself confirmed after the 1-0 win over Getafe in La Liga.
However, it also raises another important question for Carletto: Who will have to sacrifice for Ruediger to start in the starting line-up?
Looking at the current workforce with the return of Militao, the logical choice is probably Rodrygo. Despite being in great form, in the first leg, the young Brazilian player did not leave much of an impression.
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Moreover, Rodrygo can also become an extremely important tactical card, when Carletto needs a mutation in the second half. The fact that Rodrygo is pushed to the bench will help Real form a solid, capable midfield. depth, with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde.
Militao has declined, but coach Ancelotti still believes in the Brazilian’s ability to manage the defense and bravery in important matches. Moreover, the Militao-Alaba pairing is like an “inviolable territory” for Carletto.
Whenever possible, the Italian military leader builds a defense around this pair, after winning the Champions League – La Liga double last season.
For his part, Camavinga’s knee injury in the match against Getafe is no longer a cause for concern when coach Ancelotti insists that the French player is 100% fit to play against Man City. Whether in the position of holding midfielder or left-back, Camavinga is still a very safe choice for the starting line-up.
Meanwhile, Carletto can also decide between Rodrygo and Valverde. Rodrygo is vital in Ancelotti’s plans. He is always full of energy in battle. But having gone through a few weeks of not shining as expected, coming on from the bench could help the Brazilian player less under pressure.
And the versatility as well as playing well with Vinicus and Karim Benzema on Valverde’s attack is the biggest plus for him to take the main kick before Man City come here.