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The Real Madrid has already settled in Parisrecognized the field, gave statements to the press, articulated his strategy… In short, the maximum winner of European cups (13) already has in mind this Saturday adding number 14 to his record.
To reach the highest instance the meringues have had to face great matches, glorious nights of comeback. From the round of 16 when they eliminated the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) of Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Lionel Messi, to their most recent heroics in the semifinals against Pep Guardiola’s super-powerful Manchester City.
“We deserved to reach the final for quality (…) The history of the club has pushed us through the difficulty. Winning the final we have to deserve tomorrow”
The Italian coach of Real Madrid at a press conference did not leave at a press conference all the difficulties that they will face this Saturday against Liverpool, one of the teams in the best form in all of Europewith a block of players who have been getting stronger for years and already know what it’s like to lose (2018) and win (2019) the famous “orejona”.
Ancelotti throughout the tournament has used a specific number of players, his faithful squires and warriors in the field, who arrive at this stage in top form. The EFE agency grouped some statistics on his performance:
- Thibaut Courtois (12 games): One of the keys to Real Madrid’s success in this UCL is its goalkeeper, the one who has made the most interventions in the competition. Decisive in key moments with saving stops. He has kept a clean sheet in four games and his average number of saves per game is 4.34.
- Daniel Carvajal (10 games, 869 minutes, 0 goals and 1 assist): After 2021 in which he was off the pitch for 58 days due to injury, in 2022 his injuries ended and he arrives, this time, in top form at a Champions League final.
- Lucas Vazquez (8 games, 349 minutes, 0 goals and 1 assist): In five of the eight games he has played in this edition of the Champions League he has played as a right-back, a position to which he has converted and which makes him have a greater role in the workforce.
- Eder Militao (11 games, 986 minutes, 0 goals): Only his excesses of confidence have played tricks on him this season, as his own coach acknowledged. In the last month he has not performed at his best level, especially in the Cádiz match, as he lowered his competitive tension.
- David Alaba (11 games, 950 minutes, 1 goal): He forced himself in the first leg of the semifinals against Manchester City, when he suffered discomfort in the abductor of his right leg, and he paid for it. 45 minutes in which he was far from his level.
- nacho fernandez (9 games, 574 minutes and 0 goals): Mendy was absent in the second leg against PSG and played as left back. Militao -in the second game against Chelsea- and Alaba -against Manchester City- were not there and he got outstanding again. The “always meets” falls short.
- Jesus Vallejo (2 games, 8 minutes and 0 goals): He has been the fourth centre-back, even fifth at times since Ancelotti placed Casemiro in that position in the face of occasional casualties, but he has not stopped working. After spending two seasons on loan away from Real Madrid, he takes advantage of everything the club means every day. He gave up five minutes at the end of extra time against Manchester City to put in the schools on how to come out on top after being ostracized. Two clearances and no footballer from the English team could beat him.
- Ferland Mendy (9 games, 777 minutes, 0 goals and 2 assists): The Frenchman plays at home and this will give him extra motivation. He is the owner of the left back and has been another of the players pampered by the coaching staff in these three weeks after confirming the League title and qualification for the UCL final.
- Marcelo (3 games, 93 minutes and 0 goals): The Brazilian has repeated actively and passively that he wants to stay one more season, but his role on the pitch is residual and the club, for the moment, has not made a move.
- Casemiro (10 games, 824 minutes, 0 goals): The importance of the player who gives balance to Real Madrid was reflected at the Etihad Stadium with his absence, when Carlo Ancelotti’s team was a toy in the hands of Manchester City and only his punch.
- Tony Kroos (11 games, 812 minutes, 2 goals): He missed the first day due to the injury with which he started the course and it was not difficult for him to recover his place in the team. He marked the Sheriff and Inter Milan. The game made sense when he went through his boots, with a 92% accuracy in the pass.
- LUka Modric (12 games, 988 minutes, 0 goals, 4 assists): His pass with the outside of his foot against Chelsea, when the reigning champions had turned the tie around at the Santiago Bernabéu and Real Madrid was watching the abyss up close, was key in Real Madrid’s path in this Champions League.
- Faith Valverde (10 games, 728 minutes, 0 goals): He missed two ‘Champions’ games due to the injury suffered at the Camp Nou, but his role gained prominence in the duels of greatness in the qualifying rounds, when his figure grew due to his physical contribution to the equipment.
- Eduardo Camavinga (9 games, 292 minutes, 0 goals, 1 assist): His energy, coming off the bench and the personality of not giving in to anyone, had its value in the qualifying rounds and the comebacks at the Santiago Bernabéu in his first experience in the League of Champions.
- Karim Benzema (11 games, 1016 minutes, 15 goals): Sign the best Champions of his career. The great leader of Real Madrid. The player he is in the final for. His scoring record with 15 goals in one edition, something only Cristiano Ronaldo achieved, whom he has two goals to match. With 10 goals in the key moments, the qualifiers, including two consecutive hat-tricks, scoring in the last five European games when the big duels are decided.
- Marco Asensio (8 games, 207 minutes, 1 goal, 2 assists): In his particular clash with Rodrygo, he lost in the Champions League and his prominence plummeted from the round of 16. Just 17 minutes in the semifinals, without the opportunity to play against Chelsea in the round of 16.
- Vinicius (12 games, 1110 minutes, 3 goals, 6 assists): The outfield player who had the most Ancelotti minutes, who is always sought out by his teammates when it comes to generating imbalance and looking for one-on-one against rivals. A continuous danger from the left wing that never tires of generating scoring actions.