Casemiro has left the club and good luck to him, but Real Madrid must now focus on the future and Carlo Ancelotti has some solutions at hand.
In its edition of the day, the daily AS looked at the post-Casemiro, the present and therefore the future of Real Madrid. “Plan B is Home”estimates the Madrid newspaper while the Madrid leaders will not recruit a replacement for Casemiro. Here are the options identified by AS.
He is described as “the heir who took a step forward”, in the columns of AS after his very good match against Celta de Vigo which helped dispel doubts about his ability to hold the position. The French will have to perform very well and especially sooner than expected following the departure of the Brazilian, but it is clear that he is his successor, he was even recruited for this by the club.
From a profile point of view, he is also the one who quite simply comes closest to Casemiro. He is physically strong, he is very good at recovery, in the duel and at interception as we have seen in Bailados. He is clearly the favorite and option 1.
“He has less physique, but he has more experience”, writes AS about the German, who will play a certain number of matches in this register, according to Ancelotti’s statements after the departure of the Brazilian . Toni Kroos has the advantage of experience, major meetings, but also of position since he has made 68 appearances in Madrid in this position and twenty with the German selection. Kroos will be a big asset in the recovery, provided you surround him well with players who will compensate for the physical efforts.
The Madrid newspaper describes him as “a vertical and impetuous profile”, and it is true that we saw the Frenchman several times in this position last season. He also evolved in a double pivot with Rennes where it worked well and we can note that the association with Tchouaméni was very effective last weekend.
Nevertheless, Ancelotti is not a big fan of Camavinga in front of the defense and the former Rennes player has never been to his advantage in 6. In the space of a year, the Italian was forced to take him out at three times at the break because he was already under the threat of an exclusion. He has the qualities to fulfill this function, but he still has a big flaw to evolve in this position: a lack of vice and cold blood which costs him faults and cards too fast in matches.
But still ?
The daily AS does not mention these solutions in its article but two other avenues exist: Fede Valverde and David Alaba. The Uruguayan has a bit of experience in this role but relatively little and above all, it would break his primary quality of eating space thanks to his speed and power. We would then risk restraining the Madrid player too much, who is clearly a profile identified as a relay midfielder.
To finish, David Alaba is an option that could be offered to Ancelotti. An alternative that is similar to a Kroos bis, but with better defensive performance. The Austrian has also already evolved in this register but it is unlikely that the Madrid coach will really consider this solution. He has said it over and over again, Alaba is above all a central defender and he is the hinge of his team with Militao. But who knows… in a certain combination of circumstances, seeing Alaba stand up in front of the defense is still a solid option.