Ancelotti bets on Hazard in Benzema’s position to host Mallorca


The Belgian, whom the Madrid coach does not ask to score more goals, “but to play well, as he did against Celtic”, returns to eleven

Carlo Ancelotti believes that Eden Hazard is the best alternative to replace Karim Benzema. Real Madrid coach is betting on the Belgian as a ‘false 9’ to receive Mallorca this Sunday, arriving at the Bernabeu “with little to lose and much to gain”, as Javier Aguirre admitted this Saturday, after a 6-1 to have taken last season, without the Mexican still on the Balearic Bank. Benzema then scored a brace and Marco Asensio a hat trick.

However, the Real Madrid French striker, who was injured against Celtic, won’t be able to play in the Metropolitano derby until next Sunday at the earliest, and it will be Hazard, who returns to base 231 days later, who takes the centre-forward position. After his convincing appearance in the Champions League debut, Ancelotti will field the former Chelsea player, whom the Italian coach asks not to score goals, “but to play well, as he did against Celtic, to get a ​maintain good attacking stance”.

With many wins in the League and 14 goals in five games – including the Champions League, in which Hazard was reunited with the goal – Madrid will have a Mallorca team that conceded just three goals, all from penalties, and will be in white. coliseum appear with the idea of ​​​​defending and waiting for the counterattack. Without the essential Benzema, the champion will have to be patient and take advantage of his class and attacking mobility, led by Vinicius over the loss of the Frenchman, although the whites are certain that Hazard will finally take off after being so punished by injuries and playing no more than five complete games since signing for the white club three years ago.

«This team has a lot of quality on the attacking front, with Vinicius, with Hazard, with Rodrygo, with Asensio… In some matches Mariano can help us too. We have resources, but tomorrow I’m going to put Hazard, who although he doesn’t have the scoring streak that Karim has because he hasn’t played for a long time, he did well when he came on against Celtic,” Ancelotti said. has already tried pre-season with the Belgian as ‘9 liar’ “We have no natural replacement for Benzema, but he can be replaced by other players with different characteristics,” the champion’s coach insisted.

Vinicius has scored the same goals so far as Benzema in the League (three), although the Brazilian also opened the scoring in Glasgow’s 0-3 draw. “He can score more or less goals, but he is decisive. His goal is to continue to play the way he plays, with the good attitude he has and with continuity,” Ancelotti pointed out to the Brazilian.

Source: La Verdad


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