preseason winners and losers

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Real Madrid ended their preseason after an American stadium that ended with a record of a win, a draw and a defeat in the Clasico against Barça. Not why brilliant, but no more worry than that, since Carlo Ancelotti made a lot of rotations and the Merengues had resumed a little later than their opponents, being therefore a little below physically. This last week of training should allow Madrid to arrive in good shape for their first official match of the season, against Eintracht Frankfurt in the European Super Cup next weekend.

What conclusions can we draw from this pre-season? If the results were not exceptional, Carlo Ancelotti was at least able to see players whose future was unclear at work. And some have scored points. The media El Confidential takes stock, and reveals the names of the Madrid residents who hit hard and impressed… but also those who disappointed. In this first category, we find in particular Marco Asensio. While some saw him far from Madrid, in particular because of his contractual situation and his lease which expires in 2023, we could see during these friendlies that he is fully in line with his coach’s plans.

Vallejo, the surprise of the summer

Above all, he performed well on the lawn, improved to a level of fitness superior to that of many of his partners and the opponents faced by the champions of Spain and Europe. The same goes for Dani Ceballos, who has already had an interesting end to the season, and who would have won his place for next season thanks to his performances during preparatory matches and training sessions. The third player who scored points is more surprising, since it is Jesus Vallejo, whose role has been anecdotal so far. The defender convinced Ancelotti, sometimes playing as a full-back in particular and determining with an assist against Juve, and contrary to what was said, he should stay.

Then there are those who have closed doors. Alvaro Odriozola is on this list, he who has not played. The same goes for the other right side who was tested, Vinicius Tobias, who will therefore have to settle for playing with Real Madrid Castilla probably. Finally, Mariano Diaz, unsurprisingly, is not in Ancelotti’s plans as explained for weeks. Reinier Jesus and Borja Mayoral already have one foot and four toes outside the club.

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