Whatever happens on the Stade de France pitch on Saturday, the 2021-22 season will have been a good one for Real Madrid. Even if they are eventually left with only the Spanish top-flight title to show for their efforts. So an argument must be made that Carlo Ancelotti has defied expectations in his first campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Critical of Rafael Varane and Sergio Ramos
Considering the significant losses of Rafael Varane and Sergio Ramos along with the fact that only two new players were coming. It makes sense that fans’ pre-season predictions were less demanding than usual.
After all, Ancelotti was seen as a secure pair of hands rather than someone who was about to come in. Shake things up and preside over a philosophical overhaul — and looking back over the course of the season, he’s the perfect appointment.
Atletico Madrid’s title defense collapses soon
Of course, the turmoil at Barcelona helped Madrid’s cause, while Atlético Madrid’s title defense quickly collapsed. For a while, Sevilla was the only challenger for Los Blancos. But in the last campaign, they ran out of steam. It’s unlikely that Ancelotti and his team would be unnecessarily intrigued by him – he finished the top-four spot. ,
As Madrid was at the pinnacle of LaLiga, fans, pundits and journalists alike searched for potential vulnerabilities, or reasons not to give up hope for the chasing pack. Rotation and risk of burnout.
Full steam Ahead
Between the start of the season and the end of December, six Madrid players played in LaLiga for more than 1,400 minutes. There are no surprises on this list: he would be considered by most of the team’s main players.
In the same period, only Espanyol (seven) had more players for at least 1,400 minutes in LaLiga. But they didn’t even have Champions League football to contend with. Three Sevilla players met the criteria; Barcelona had two and Atletico Madrid had only one goalkeeper, Jan Oblak.