SHAKHTAR DONETSK vs REAL MADRID | Champions League Group Stage Matchday 3 | 10.19.21 | 21:00 CET

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  1. Saeta Rubia

    Saeta Rubia Member+

    May 28, 2010
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    Real Madrid
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  2. SoyDelMustang

    SoyDelMustang Member+

    Dec 24, 2007
    Flushing,Queens
    Club:
    Atletico Nacional
    Nat'l Team:
    Colombia
    Mendy is an absolute unit defensively. Always shake my head when I hear some say “he’s shit going forward”…”what’s the point if he can’t attack”. Well IDGAF if he’s completely bossing that LB spot on the defensive end. It also gives Vini some piece of mind going forward and it clearly shows.
     
  3. hector_br

    hector_br Member+

    Feb 13, 2007
    Yeah, Mendy was solid today. Love the guy.

    Vinicius continues to improve. Keep proving me wrong, kid. I love it.
     
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  4. Drouchk

    Drouchk Member+

    Real Madrid
    Spain
    Aug 9, 2018
    Nacho didn’t play because he was rested, nothing more, i agree that Militao Alaba duo is better but Nacho will still have a part to play, especially at RB.
     
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  5. ImadEdd

    ImadEdd Member

    Real Madrid
    Morocco
    Feb 17, 2019
    He didn’t need to be rested. He didn’t play a game in +2 weeks.
     
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  6. Zidane05

    Zidane05 Moderator
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    Jul 18, 2005
    Toronto
    Come back with Fede for El Classico for Modric. Noticed we held back on the press today, which might be Carlo conceding we’re just not going to be effective as he had hoped.
     
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  7. saadomar

    saadomar Member+

    Mar 21, 2013
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    #232 saadomar, Oct 19, 2021
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2021
    Good! He should always be 2nd or 3rd option. There are better options than him and as soon as he's out of the equation we're already looking better. He's a serviceable substitute. Mendy's return was important too, even Lucas Vazquez was playing better. I believe that Mendy - Alaba - Militao - Carvajal is our ideal backline and the sooner we get there the better.
     
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  8. Drouchk

    Drouchk Member+

    Real Madrid
    Spain
    Aug 9, 2018
    Played every game prior to the int break so maybe Carlo thought he'd rest him today and start him in the Clasico.
     
  9. Zidane05

    Zidane05 Moderator
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    Jul 18, 2005
    Toronto
    Yeah I highly doubt that was for rest. He just had a 2 week break. That was mainly tactical; and Lucas did very well. Carlo likes to go one attacking FB and one defensive one.
     
  10. Drouchk

    Drouchk Member+

    Real Madrid
    Spain
    Aug 9, 2018
    I saw nothing from Mendy today that suggests that Carlo wanted him to be defensive, he was joining the attack as much as his counterpart on the right.


    Perhaps Nacho wasn’t rested, let’s call it rotation, I’d be very surprised if He doesn’t start at RB on Sunday with Mendy at LB, assuming that Carvajal isn’t fit that is.
     
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  11. Lyra

    Lyra Member+

    Apr 29, 2013
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    Very good.
    Hopefully keeps up the consistency!
     
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  12. saadomar

    saadomar Member+

    Mar 21, 2013
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    Real Madrid
    Karoline Lima. Brazilian influencer.
     
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  13. Digital

    Digital Member+

    Dec 10, 2012
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    All of this, what this game showed is that it isn't necessary to have an all out attacking FB who can "kind" of defend in order for the team to do well an score goals, if it works it works but it's not a necessity for us to win, i think Ferland played well within himself in this game an got tired pretty early but he did well, one of my personal favourites an i'm happy he's back,

    will he have some stinkers, of course but all players have some off games, a very welcome addition to this team for me even though some fans are still calling for players like Reguillon (sp) i've always been very happy with Ferlands' game and thought he has been underrated by some , i just hope he can stay healthy, that's the only thing that worries me about this player now.
     
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  14. MiamiNative0722

    MiamiNative0722 Member+

    May 25, 2013
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Some extra thoughts on the game a few days removed:

    It's probably a good thing that in a game where he played over 90 minutes, Lucas Vazquez is hardly mentioned in this thread. While I don't think Shakhtar tested him as much as they should have, and Lucas did get beat a couple times, for the most part this was the Lucas Vazquez we saw playing at the end of last season. He was good on the ball, he worked hard, he provided an outlet for Modric and Rodrygo whenever they needed it. Glad to see him put in a good performance here because odds are he will be starting in the Clasico.

    For all the criticism of the KCM midfield, this was the first game of the season thus far in which they all start together and it worked very well. You can tell right away how much they complement one another. When Kroos was out injured, Casemiro would get much more on the ball and his ball usage made him suffer. In this game, Kroos completed more passes and long balls than Casemiro despite playing 15 less minutes. Similarly, in Kroos' first game back from injury, Casemiro was out injured and that hurt Toni. He was playing as the deepest lying mid with major defensive duties, diminishing his offensive capabilities. We will see what midfield Ancelotti goes with in the Clasico, but hopefully it's a complimentary group.

    Ferland Mendy. Holy moly. Most human beings would need a significant chunk of time coming back from such a long injury to gain rhythm and fitness. Not this guy. The man was the best defender on the pitch and he knew it. He plays his first game with a new centerback partner in Alaba and its no problem for Ferland. How seamlessly did he return, incredible.
     
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