Craig Burley questions Carlo Ancelotti’s team selection as Real Madrid edge out Almeria

Craig Burley questions Carlo Ancelotti’s team selection as Real Madrid edge out Almeria

‘I was a little stumped!’: Craig Burley questions Carlo Ancelotti’s squad selection as Real Madrid need a ‘magic moment’ from David Alaba to beat newly promoted Almeria

  • Real Madrid needed a comeback in the second half to beat Almería on Sunday
  • Craig Burley didn’t understand why they didn’t play their ‘strongest team’
  • Luka Modric, David Alaba and Eden Hazard were substitutes in the second half

Craig Burley expressed his confusion over the selection of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad for Real Madrid’s opening La Liga game on Sunday, as the reigning Spanish champions cruised to a 2-1 win against newly promoted Almeria.

Madrid scored twice in the second half, including a marvelous free kick from David Alaba, to take all three points, but started the game with high-profile figures such as Alaba, Luka Modric and Casemiro on the bench in favor of a smaller line-up. young man.

“I was a little perplexed, the first day of the season without playing against your strongest team,” Burley said.

Craig Burley questioned Carlo Ancelotti's decision to start without some senior players

Craig Burley questioned Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to start without some senior players

David Alaba scored an impressive free-kick on his first touch of the match to give Real the lead.

David Alaba scored an impressive free-kick on his first touch of the match to give Real the lead.

‘But [Ancelotti] he obviously wants the guys to get playing time sooner rather than later. ‘

Madrid started the game with little midfield experience, as 19-year-old Eduardo Camavinga and 22-year-old debutant Aurelien Tchouameni played alongside Toni Kroos.

Camavinga was taken off at halftime by Luka Modric, while Tchouameni came off in the 58th minute for Eden Hazard.

“There’s a risk and a reward, and the risk wasn’t paid off at halftime, so changes were made and then more changes were made,” Burley said.

Madrid lost until the 61st minute, and in the end it was two of the team’s most veteran statesmen who won the match.

Lucas Vásquez converted a loose ball inside the box to tie the game, and Alaba, also a second-half substitute, scored with his first touch of the game in the 75th minute to give the team the lead.

While Burley wasn’t overly impressed with the way he won, it looked familiar.

“In a way, it reminded me exactly of last year’s Madrid… a bit of a slow performance against a team [just] promoted, and a bit of brilliance to win the game,’ he said.

Alaba's free-kick ensured that LaLiga champions Madrid started the season with victory

Alaba’s free-kick ensured that LaLiga champions Madrid started the season with victory

‘We said it so many times about Madrid last year, in games that were tight [Karim] Benzema or Vinicius Jr. stood up and just did something out of this world.

‘It takes a moment of magic, it takes Lucas Vázquez to get in there [and scoring] to win this game.

Madrid will face a tougher test next weekend when they visit Celta de Vigo.

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