Madrid’s victories convince and scare away.

Adored outside of Madrid and doubted of inside the city, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid splits opinions. At the helm almost a decade year ago already, the Italian finds a new Madrid — and is rewriting its history, for the better or for the worse. Fun and inconsistent are perhaps the best adjectives to describe the current situation of the team.

What is Real Madrid in 2021? That’s a question many fans ask. After year of Zidane, Ancelotti breaks away the chains of the defensive structure. When Zidane came back, the club still had no proper replacement for Ronaldo’s goal contributions following his departure. It had Vinicius Jr, but details prevented the Brazilian from achieving a satisfactory goal rendition. But it is Ancelotti who broke the ‘Vini deadlock’.

The breakthrough 2.0 of Vinicius Jr described this Real Madrid best, too. Goals, goals, goals. When they don’t happen — rare occasion, it is plain struggle — but it also is the season where Vinicius delivers when it’s the most needed, as shown against Sevilla. Vinicius is symbol of renewal and change, despite his skills *haven’t* dramatically exploded. Most notable was the lack Adored outside of Madrid and doubted of inside the city, Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid splits opinions. At the helm almost a decade year ago already, the Italian finds a new Madrid — and is rewriting its history, for the better or for the worse. Fun and inconsistent are perhaps the best adjectives to describe the current situation of the team.

What is Real Madrid in 2021? That’s a question many fans ask. After year of Zidane, Ancelotti breaks away the chains of the defensive structure. When Zidane came back, the club still had no proper replacement for Ronaldo’s goal contributions following his departure. It had Vinicius Jr, but details prevented the Brazilian from achieving a satisfactory goal rendition. But it is Ancelotti who broke the ‘Vini deadlock’.

The breakthrough 2.0 of Vinicius Jr described this Real Madrid best, too. Goals, goals, goals. When they don’t happen — rare occasion, it is plain struggle — but it also is the season where Vinicius delivers when it’s the most needed, as shown against Sevilla. Vinicius is symbol of renewal and change, despite his skills *haven’t* dramatically exploded. Most notable was the lack of composure in front of the goal — and the media’s narrative pushes for the psychological narrative: A psychologist may have been the breakthrough. Whatever the reason may be, Vinicius Jr unifies football fans: He’s on a *different* gravy this season, and it’s not ready to stop.

If Vinicius Jr unifies with Benzema — a lethal 21G + 2A — defensive transitions and particularly pressing remind the broken spine of Ancelotti’s men. Intensity is the word fans acclaim and search for to describe Madrid’s defense — but it is perhaps an intensity Madrid should fear. The season is long, and it’s only December: For certain injuries could shake the club’s goals — Ancelotti must be care0ful.

There’s no denial that the pair up front is lethal and hard to stop. It is productive. But it’s also unlikely to continue, unless the Football Gods decide otherwise. Both of Vinicius + Benzema are overperforming their xG by ~4 goals — accounting for around 1/4 of their goals. Not that is undeserved, but over-performance in football is unlikely to sustain itself through 38 matches. Questions are to be raised: How much longer can Madrid rely on outscoring its opponents while the other end of the pitch suffers?

Injuries were quoted earlier. Out of simple principle. Real Sociedad know about it. What’s also concerning is the *amount* of pressing Ancelotti needs from this team — players that *run* more tend to be victims of injuries, too. Besides that, Madrid do press *more* than other title contenders. Real Madrid average 132 pressures / game, which is more than Atlético and Real Sociedad (respectively 124 & 131). That doesn’t put them too high in La Liga’s general table, but they also average higher possession. Out of those top teams, Real Madrid also average the lowest successful pressure, with 37.9 /90. Barcelona average ~42 just like Real Betis, while Sociedad and Atlético average 41 & ~39. In other words, Madrid press more but aren’t necessarily successful — as the game against Villarreal showed it.

However, Real Madrid also happen to be the team that find it easier than anyone to create shots from its occasions. At 27.13 SCA(Shot-Creating Action) /90, they are unmatched: Only Real Betis comes close ~23 & Sevilla w/ 21: Two teams that suffer much more other departments — as long as teams allow Madrid to shoot, games are likely to be over.

Ancelotti’s team is likely to win La Liga, not because they are *good* — but because nobody can punish them for their errors. Teams like Villarreal have come close to it — but an immense Courtois has kept Madrid alive in a lot of games. With top performers on both ends of the pitch, competitors in La Liga have found it difficult to steal Madrid’s points. Funnily enough, it’s the modest Espanyol that won against Real recently, while the likes of Barcelona & Sevilla seemed easier to deal with. Inconsistency may soon become an issue if pressurizing opponents will not improve in the next months.

Real Madrid also lost in Europe against Sheriff — a modest small club located i Transnistria. In comparison to Europe’s elite, Madrid aren’t good. They aren’t close to the elite. But it doesn’t matter in La Liga.

https://twitter.com/MarcusBr22/status/1466165414753456133?s=20

There are teams that have the *potential* to punish Madrid. However, they haven’t managed to do that, just yet. That said, it’s hard to see Madrid improving, too — they seem to have reached their ceiling — The La Liga trophy will depend on the amount of games they will drop points in & other teams improving significantly. Teams like Villarreal, Barcelona, Sociedad have the *tools* to end Madrid’s glory in 21/22, but are unlikely to do so — which is why Madrid is expected to come out as a winner. However, Ancelotti’s men should remember that the European Elite is out of reach for them, ft Pool, City, Chelsea and maybe Bayern Münich as well.of composure in front of the goal— and the media’s narrative pushes for the psychological narrative: A psychologist may have been the breakthrough. Whatever the reason may be, Vinicius Jr unifies football fans: He’s on a *different* gravy this season, and it’s not ready to stop.

If Vinicius Jr unifies with Benzema — a lethal 21G + 2A — defensive transitions and particularly pressing remind the broken spine of Ancelotti’s men. Intensity is the word fans acclaim and search for to describe Madrid’s defense — but it is perhaps an intensity Madrid should fear. The season is long, and it’s only December: For certain injuries could shake the club’s goals — Ancelotti must be care0ful.

There’s no denial that the pair up front is lethal and hard to stop. It is productive. But it’s also unlikely to continue, unless the Football Gods decide otherwise. Both of Vinicius + Benzema are overperforming their xG by ~4 goals — accounting for around 1/4 of their goals. Not that is undeserved, but over-performance in football is unlikely to sustain itself through 38 matches. Questions are to be raised: How much longer can Madrid rely on outscoring its opponents while the other end of the pitch suffers?

Injuries were quoted earlier. Out of simple principle. Real Sociedad know about it. What’s also concerning is the *amount* of pressing Ancelotti needs from this team — players that *run* more tend to be victims of injuries, too. Besides that, Madrid do press *more* than other title contenders. Real Madrid average 132 pressures / game, which is more than Atlético and Real Sociedad (respectively 124 & 131). That doesn’t put them too high in La Liga’s general table, but they also average higher possession. Out of those top teams, Real Madrid also average the lowest successful pressure, with 37.9 /90. Barcelona average ~42 just like Real Betis, while Sociedad and Atlético average 41 & ~39. In other words, Madrid press more but aren’t necessarily successful — as the game against Villarreal showed it.

However, Real Madrid also happen to be the team that find it easier than anyone to create shots from its occasions. At 27.13 SCA(Shot-Creating Action) /90, they are unmatched: Only Real Betis comes close ~23 & Sevilla w/ 21: Two teams that suffer much more other departments — as long as teams allow Madrid to shoot, games are likely to be over.

Ancelotti’s team is likely to win La Liga, not because they are *good* — but because nobody can punish them for their errors. Teams like Villarreal have come close to it — but an immense Courtois has kept Madrid alive in a lot of games. With top performers on both ends of the pitch, competitors in La Liga have found it difficult to steal Madrid’s points. Funnily enough, it’s the modest Espanyol that won against Real recently, while the likes of Barcelona & Sevilla seemed easier to deal with. Inconsistency may soon become an issue if pressurizing opponents will not improve in the next months.

Real Madrid also lost in Europe against Sheriff — a modest small club located i Transnistria. In comparison to Europe’s elite, Madrid aren’t good. They aren’t close to the elite. But it doesn’t matter in La Liga.

https://twitter.com/MarcusBr22/status/1466165414753456133?s=20

There are teams that have the *potential* to punish Madrid. However, they haven’t managed to do that, just yet. That said, it’s hard to see Madrid improving, too — they seem to have reached their ceiling — The La Liga trophy will depend on the amount of games they will drop points in & other teams improving significantly. Teams like Villarreal, Barcelona, Sociedad have the *tools* to end Madrid’s glory in 21/22, but are unlikely to do so — which is why Madrid is expected to come out as a winner. However, Ancelotti’s men should remember that the European Elite is out of reach for them, ft Pool, City, Chelsea and maybe Bayern Münich as well.

This is the story of Real Madrid under Ancelotti 2.0. Fun to watch, but also scary for its fans through its leaks and lapses of concentration when it matters the most — Fans couldn’t ask for more fun!

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Born a football fan, I think about football 24/7. A passion I often talk about on Twitter, under the nickname @jdeposicion.