Roberto Morales / EFE
Madrid, 6 Mar (EFE) – Real Madrid was overcome in the round of 16 of the Champions League and eliminated by Ajax, in the hardest defeat in its history in the competition (1-4), which reflected the defects of a project with poor planning, without defense or identity and with Ramos in the box filming a documentary.
- No defence, no identity
The Real Madrid was a bunch of nerves since it fitted the first goal to the seven minutes. His defense did not exist and neither did his identity. It watered at all times before the speed and quality of the Ajax players, fresher by the rest they had the weekend, against a team physically punished by the lack of rotations in six days in which they lost all three competitions and mentally blocked after falling into the classics. Each defender clung to his worst version to show his nerves and a total weakness. Each opponent’s attack generated danger. The sensation that the next goal could come was present in a Santiago Bernabeu who did not believe what he saw in a competition that until now transformed a squad that hit bottom.
- And with Ramos filming a documentary
It was proved that Sergio Ramos’ choice in the first leg and his consultation to the bench in Amsterdam, was an overconfidence of those who pay. They interpreted that the 1-2 left a perfect scenario to provoke the yellow card and pass clean to quarters. In the return his team played without his leader in the field, who left an image that shows in what has become the modern soccer, the captain with his customized box for the occasion, recorded a documentary for Amazon in a chapter that if it is not retouched will capture the suffering of a soccer player with feeling of guilt that should be in the field of game trying to save a project that was going to sink, accelerating an end of cycle.
- All against in a first part
Real Madrid recovered in six days all the problems of the beginning of the season with Julen Lopetegui, especially reflected in the lack of punch and with the luck factor giving him the back. The encounter started with a header from Casemiro to the crossbar and closed a first part of inferiority, with the post avoiding Bale’s goal. Those two actions would have changed the scenario of the encounter, with the possibility for Solari to delay meters and wait for the opponent in his field to launch counter-attacks. There were two injuries in a row that suddenly changed the plans. The Brazilian Vinicius, who was entrusted with madridismo in times of crisis for his reaction, and Lucas Vazquez left with tears of a game that was twisted and for which there was no settlement.
- Solari dies with his ideas
When it came to the truth, Solari trusted only twelve outfield players and paid dearly for it. He barely rotated in a week in which everything was at stake, betting on players who starred in the reaction with a winning streak that had its peak in the league conquest of the Wanda Metropolitano and the good image of the Camp Nou in Copa. Footballers of the importance of Isco, again in the stands, Marcelo, Gareth Bale or Marco Asensio, who were destined to have another role, were without rhythm of competition when they had to take the step to be able to be the rescuers. Ajax, replete with young players with fresh legs after a week off from competition, were well above the physical fitness of a group of players with fatigue after two classics of maximum intensity. The management of the squad ended up playing against the Argentine coach.
- Benzema and bad planning
In the three matches that decided three titles, the two classic Copa del Rey and LaLiga, plus Ajax in the Champions League, the 9 Real Madrid was dry and had no presence in the area. Not a single goal in key matches of the season. Their goalscoring improvement never came against direct rivals, except for a goal in the European Super Cup that was of no use against Atletico Madrid. The planning of the directive madridista not to reinforce the forward after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, did not give the expected result. The goal was to be distributed among players who have not taken the expected step forward and Real Madrid has accused the absence of a pure center forward.