It's been a year of almost everything. A year that in a pandemic weighs like a decade. From a goal by Vinicius Jr. on March 1 to a goal by Vini Jr on March 1 . This Monday marked that year of Real Madrid's last game at the Bernabéu, a classic in which the Brazilian opened the scoring in a co-production with Gerard Piqué, who opened the way to Vinicius's poor aim after a genius from Kroos. Seen now those images, with 80,000 people roaring while the Brazilian pointed to the shield, they seem brought from another world. One away more than a decade. In this, Vini began the game against Real Sociedad on the bench, after five starts, fought again with the goal. On his site, Isco appeared again, reborn in Bergamo.
Also a year ago, and a little longer, since the last visit of a David Silva team to Real Madrid, at that Bernabéu that the whites have not set foot on again, four days before the classic. Although that night the canary did not leave the Manchester City bench during the entire first leg of the eighth of the Champions League. Nor did Toni Kroos, with whom he often crossed paths on the grass of Di Stéfano.
Real MadridCourtois, Ferland Mendy, Nacho, Varane, Lucas Vázquez, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric (Federico Valverde, min. 75) , Mariano (Hugo Duro, min. 60), Marco Asensio (Rodrygo, min. 60) and Isco (Vinicius Junior, min. 60) R. Society Remiro, Robin Le Normand, Igor Zubeldia, Monreal, Gorosabel (Modibo Sagnan, min. 81), Portu (Ander Barrenetxea, min. 71), Ander Guevara, Martín Zubimendi, David Silva (Aihen Muñoz, min. 84), Oyarzabal and Isak (Carlos Fernández, min. 81) Goals0-1 min. 54: Portu. 1-1 min. 88: Vinicius Junior. RefereeJesús Gil ManzanoYellow cardsGorosabel (min. 75)
The German distributed the ball from one side to the other, regulated the accelerator, chose the routes, and even stepped on the area. While Kroos' Madrid monopolized the ball, Silva awaited his moment, and when they recovered he pointed out, more from a distance, the places where he believed the play should run. But the ball was not following his finger too much. La Real always seemed to move one step behind the canary's head, with a different navigator. He marked the next move, but his teammates found some intermediate stop. Until after some entanglement it came to him, who in the background heard the Sheriff shouting: "Pause, David!" But David, who is not exactly used to speeding up, had already seen a gap between Mendy and Nacho and that was where he was throwing Portu. The advances came from his flashes, illuminations of newly discovered routes, passageways through which his teammates were behind the defense of Madrid.
But in general he lived out of supply and somewhat misunderstood. Even by the referee. When Real was going to launch a free kick near the Madrid area, Silva decided to take a meter behind the barrier, in a deserted area. Gil Manzano was alarmed: “You are offside, you are offside. If it's a goal, I'm going to whistle it ”, he warned. As if Silva had not scanned the surroundings and found himself precisely where he wanted to be, except for the recklessness of the referee warning the rival.
The 0-1 also came from what he saw before anyone else. He settled in the wasteland that Casemiro opened for him when Zidane placed him between the two center-backs and from there he threw Monreal into another empty space to the left. The center of the side finished him off on the other side to the Portu squad. Courtois explained what had happened: “The disconnection comes from the fact that the coach wanted to play with three behind and make the bands with Mendy and Lucas”. Casemiro returned to position himself as third center between Varane and Nacho so that the lanes could launch more into the attack. It did not work: “At the beginning we did not meet, and there was a lot of space for them, especially when we lost the ball. The goal comes more or less like this. Obviously, our lanes were already very high, and I think that Mendy did not reach the center from our right wing [to the left], and Portu scores a great goal, "said Courtois from 0-1. PP Zidane also explained what he wanted with that change to defense of three: “What I was looking for is that I was not happy with our pressure. We were better playing 4-3-3 ”. The French coach admitted the negative effect of the modification, albeit reluctantly: “Has it hurt the team? If you ask me and it's already three times, yes, it could be, ”he said.
The answer was to change the three forwards, as Zidane did in Valladolid and Bergamo. Without Benzema, nothing seems to work up front. He removed Mariano, Asensio and Isco, and put Hugo Duro, Vinicius and Rodrygo, who was returning after injuring the hamstrings of his right leg on December 23 against Granada. Valverde also returned from another injury, fundamental in the tie with a heel to Lucas Vázquez, who put the ball into the area. The center passed Duro from behind, but there Vinicius appeared, who, like last March 1, scored in co-production with a defender, this time Zubeldia. And that like on March 1, in another release due to the torture that means not scoring more often , he launched into kissing the shield.
It was a special night, as he explained later: “It is a pride to play 100 games with this shirt. I have spoken with my family today, I have come out to show my face for this shirt that we love so much, "he said. Alegría, ma non troppo : “We left sad for not having achieved the victory we need”. Zidane was also content: "One entered, thank goodness," he said. "Happy with his goal, but we have to continue. And he is what he is doing, working hard. ”
Vinicius was left without the shirt of his 100th game, the one he kissed after his twelfth goal for Madrid. At the end he exchanged it with Barrenetxea, who was waiting for him in the band to ask for it.
Courtois without a record and full of Portu
Since February 6, against Huesca, Madrid have not conceded a goal. In total, Courtois was unbeaten for 456 minutes, 79 of his best mark as a white goalkeeper. 20 shots were made by Zidane's team (three between the three sticks), by Imanol's six (two). Casemiro, with six, and Isak, with two, were the best in each team. Kroos touched the ball 99 times, the most participative of the match, for Guevara's 65. Madrid had 59% of the time in possession. 100% correct. This season, seven shots from Portu on goal and seven goals in the League, a unique plenary session.