20.04.2015 » Can Real Madrid cope without Bale and Modric?
Seeing his team beating Malaga 3-1 but losing Gareth Bale and Luka Modric to injury was definitely not in Carlo Ancelotti's plans, even less now that we prepare to enter the decisive stages of the season. We've seen what happened to Real Madrid's form the last time they were deprived of Modric, just a few weeks before the team had their 22-win streak broken in the beginning of January and which basically led them to fall on a losing-point spiral. If anything similar is to take place in the upcoming weeks, the whole season might be in jeopardy. Morever, the upfront BBC trio partnership formed by Bale, Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo might be reduced only to the Portuguese star this Wednesday night against Atletico, since Bale will be out for at least a couple of weeks and Benzema is also struggling with some pain in his right knee. No one said these last weeks of the season were going to be easy, but everything sure became a lot harder after last Saturday...
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The latest reports coming from Madrid and that came out earlier this Monday are suggesting that Luka Modric will be sidelined for a period between 3 to 6 weeks, while Gareth Bale is expected to be out for 2 to 3 weeks. The immediate consequence from this misfortune is that Real Madrid will have to find a way to go through the next 5-6 games without these two key players.
If losing Bale right on the 2nd minute of the game against Malaga wouldn't exactly be reason enough for the Madridismo to be much worried, the same can't be said when Luka Modric limped off the pitch around the 60th minute. The Croatian has been one of the main responsibles for Madrid's good football this season and few would dare to disagree that, together with Cristiano Ronaldo, he's probably the most influential player in this team.
As if not having Modric and Bale for the next few weeks wasn't enough, the short-term situation might be even more problematic for Carlo Ancelotti. Karim Benzema has been training with limitations since last week and his availability for next Wednesday's game against Atletico Madrid is still in doubt. On top of that, Marcelo is also suspended due to yellow card accumulation, which will force the Merengues to also make a few adjustments in their defensive sector. Nevertheless, Fábio Coentrão comes up as the most logical choice to take the Brazilian's left-back spot and that shouldn't constitute a weakness.
However and the question in everyone's mind is about how Ancelotti will adjust his tactics now that he won't be able to count with both Modric and Gareth Bale at the same time. While Bale and Benzema can probably have their direct replacements found in either Chicharito or Jesé Rodríguez, there's also the option of simply pulling one of them back so the team can play in a 4-4-2 formation and eventually make room for a midfielder like Isco. Even though with these changes Madrid will most likely lose some quality in the last attacking third, at least they'll keep their balance throughout the different periods of the game.
Replacing Modric and keeping the team's balance is going to be a lot tougher though... Neither Illarramendi, Sami Khedira, nor Lucas Silva are in the same league of the former Tottenham midfielder and the only player who can probably be capable of filling in his shoes right now is Isco. With Gareth Bale out, the Spaniard was already highly likely to be Ancelotti's first choice to jump into his starting eleven against Atletico, but with Modric missing too, it's hard to predict what the Italian manager will do next.
Let's not get fooled.... Modric's dynamism and passing quality will surely be missed more than anyone else, not only against Atletico, but also in the upcoming games. Hopefully, Ancelotti has learned something valuable from the previous experience he has had without Modric and which lasted for roughly 4 months. There's now a big expectation to see how the team will adapt to this new reality and how much it will impact the rest of the season.
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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid kick-off time (22-04-2015):
Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 02:45
Jakarta (Indonesia) | UTC/GMT+7: 01:45
India (New Delhi) | UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:15
Spain (Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 15:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 11:45
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