The Real Madrid achieved, after beating 0-3 at Sheriff in Tiráspol, the qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League, the first major goal of the season, and which serves to face the final stretch of the year with greater confidence with seven games in 24 days and important rivals.
The team led by the Italian Carlo Ancelotti He will face in LaLiga Santander, to defend the leadership, before the start of 2022, the current second -Real Sociedad-, third -Sevilla, this Sunday- and fourth-placed -Atlético de Madrid-, in addition to the eighth -Athletic Club- twice. The last duel before the Christmas break will be to receive Cádiz at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Demanding schedule, To which must be added the meeting on December 7 against Inter Milan in which the first place in the group of ‘Champions’ is played, from which Real Madrid could come out certifying its favoritism to the league title.
For this, he seems to have recovered one of his great assets this season, especially in a brilliant start in the domestic championship: the hit. Four goals for Granada and three for the Sheriff after the last national team break. With the addition that they have not depended on another spectacular moment of the French Karim Benzema, since they have been scored by seven different players.
One of them, the one who laid the first stone against the Sheriff, did David praise. The Austrian became the first Real Madrid defender to score a direct free kick since Roberto Carlos did it in February 2004 against Bayern Munich, according to data company Opta.
But the leader behind for Ancelotti set off alarms after leaving injured. What seemed like a muscle discomfort and not wanting to take risks, the Italian revealed that he suffers a “small knee sprain”, although he is optimistic. Their presence in the next commitments will depend on the tests that will take place tomorrow, Friday.
And also that Real Madrid achieve the defensive solidity that is resisting so much at the orders of ‘Carleto’. With Zidane, Especially in its second stage, the white team was characterized by not conceding many goals, but Ancelotti, in a change of philosophy by seeking more attack, has not yet found the key for Courtois to live at ease for several consecutive games.
Five LaLiga Santander teams concede fewer goals than Real Madrid (14 in 13 games) and only adds six clean sheets in the 18 games that we have this season; Numbers that have not worried while they have had success in front of goal, but that remedy it, in the face of the great rivals that await the white team, will be key to dismiss 2021 as leader of the League.