Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Benzema and Vinicius It was the eleven with which Madrid officially started the season in the final of the European Super Cup of last August 10. Since then, the initial team has not stopped changing game after game.
Ancelotti has not repeated eleven even once. Not only that, but he has opted to change it quite a bit. In the eight games following that of Eintracht he has made 31 changes in eleven, an average of almost four moves per game. Changes that are doing wonders for the team and that are key in Madrid’s victories at the start of the season.
Ancelotti’s management of the squad is impeccable. 5, 4, 3, 4, 2, 5, 5 and 3 are the changes that he has been making in the eleven after the European Super Cup. On three occasions he changed practically half a team (Almera, Majorca and Leipzig). And before him Celticafter winning the Betiswas the occasion that least moved the starting eleven: 2 changes.
The team does not stop winning
The fact is that the rotations are doing great for the team. A distribution of minutes that keeps the group with the necessary intensity in each commitment, activates a large part of the squad and allows dose efforts to minimize the risk of injury. All this without the triumphant dynamic in which the team finds itself having been affected. Ancelotti has already used 21 players and only Lunin, Vallejo and Odriozola they haven’t played yet.
All these changes have given rise to Ancelotti having lined up, for example, five different defenses, the one formed by Carvajal, Militao, Alaba and Mendy the most used (five times). He has also designed five different midfields, the Tchouamni-Modric-Camavinga and the Tchouamni-Modric-Kroos the most used (three times each). He has also used up to four offensive tridents, still being the Faith-Benzema-Vinicius the most aligned (five times).