Valverde or Rodrygo

A few hours from City, Ancelotti has a dilemma. The usual, the right wing. Eternal debate in a position that although next season may have a king, this season dances between rooks, knights and bishops. Asensio had a period of brilliance, then burst into force Valverde and the Hawk, although he assured that he hoped not to lose the position again, it seems that he could do it on the most important night of the season. Because Rodrygo He is going through a moment in a spectacular way, he was the hero of the alirón against Espanyol and he presents a very strong candidacy for this Wednesday. The place will be for him or for Valverde. Two different players who would play one way or another. Be more aggressive or have more restraint. That is the crux of the matter.

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Valverde option

He guarantees that he has played on all the big nights this season, and that shows that it works. That with him things work out. He started the night of the comeback against PSGplaying as a midfielder for Kroos to cover Casemiro’s loss due to suspension: he played the 90 minutes and made 49 passes, with a spectacular 90% success in the opposite field. He won nine duels and recovered five balls, emptying itself on a physical level in dizzying pressure that demanded 200% of his abilities. He made a great match against a great team.

He also played the 120 minutes against Chelsea… And the 90′ ​​of the first leg against City. Two matches of enormous physical exhaustion in which he was seen to be especially whole, since cardio is one of his greatest virtues. That lung would be one of the pros to choose him, in addition to the fact that he would bet on a slightly more conservative approach, since Valverde would provide more control of the ball and less overflow. It could even enter into an approach of four midfielderssomething similar to what was arranged at Stamford Bridge, when he let himself go wide to attack, but when it came to defending, the scheme was practically a classic 4-4-2.

Statistics of Valverde and Rodrygo this season when they have played as right wingers.

Option Rodrygo

Synonym of dynamite As Lescott acknowledged in his interview for AS, unleashing another crazy game. Because Rodrygo is going through his best moment of the entire season, having clearly won the game over Asensio and shining a special aura for the big nights. He came out against PSG and the comeback began in a matter of minutes; and last Saturday, the afternoon of the alirón, put the 35th League on track with a double that could have been a hat-trick. When situations get tense, he tends to appear: other examples are his two goals against Inter, one when Madrid was playing to go to the second round and another, to conquer San Siro.

It was not his best course at the scoring level, but with the aforementioned double and his blow to Sevilla (that of Pizjuán, another great night in which he broke in without asking for permission), he has increased his scoring baggage to six blows. And he is already the team’s fourth top scorer, only behind Benzema (42), Vinicius (18) and Asensio (12). Aposting for Rodrygo would mean stretching the team further, assuming that some solidity would be lost in defense, but that cannons would be added to port and starboard. The decision is Ancelotti’s. He only has a few hours left. He has to choose between the blue or the red pill; between Valverde or Rodrygo.