Ferland Mendy joins Ancelotti’s accumulation of problems to present a starting eleven on Thursday in the Copa del Rey against to Athletic. The Frenchman suffered a problem in his left adductor against Elche and has not recovered. The tests carried out on the player have confirmed that he cannot be in the cup match in Bilbao and his goal is to recover to be in good condition against PSG in the Champions League on February 15, in the match that will take place in Paris.
The loss of the defense is added to that of Marcelo, sanctioned, so that Real Madrid will not have a pure left-back in the squad at San Mamés. You will have to resort to Nacho, multipurpose in the white rearguard, who has played everything on the team, or at youth squad Miguel Gutiérrez, who started earlier in the season when Mendy was recovering from his previous injury.
There is also the possibility of place David Alaba on the left side and compose the central duet with Militao and Nacho Fernández.
These problems at the rear are added to the problem created by the Spanish Federation by demanding that the quarterfinals be played this weekAlthough South American international soccer players find themselves immersed in matches of their national teams with a view to the World Cup in Qatar. The possible initial substitutions of Casemiro and Vinicius with Brazil against Paraguay they are just little things to soften a big mistake, the schedule of the Copa del Rey organized by the FEF, which has allowed the quarterfinals of the tournament to be played while there are national team matches in Africa and South America that prevent many internationals from playing for their clubs.
It is, this Cup, a competition that is weighed down by unequal conditions obvious and the most affected are Real Madrid and Betis, with five casualties each.
The penalty to Military will mean that the Brazilian center-backwill train today with the white team in the afternoon and will be in San Mamés on Thursday in good condition, but Rodrygo, Casemiro, Vinicius and Valverde will arrive in Madrid on Wednesday, after twelve hours by plane and after playing a few hours before, be it a full match or 45 minutes, and they will not be in good physical condition to face Athletic a day later.
Tite, the Brazilian coach, has promised Carlo Ancelotti that at dawn on Wednesday, against Paraguay, Vinicius and Casemiro will start the game on the bench. Rodrygo is running as starter. Perhaps his two companions will enter the second part. They are patches obtained after private negotiations between the Spanish club and the Brazilian Confederation, but they do not prevent criticism of the FEF. in the royal Madrid it is analyzed that there were dates to delay these rooms of final.
Valverde will play with Uruguay against Venezuela that same morning on Wednesday and will also arrive in Madrid in the afternoon, all with the jet lag and the tiredness of matches and exhausting flights.
Under those conditions, Ancelotti will have to decide who plays in San Mamés on Thursday night. Benzema
He will try to get to that appointment after his hamstring injury, although it will be a risk. Carvajal It is high for sure, good news at last, in the process of physical recovery after enduring the Covid en the Arab Super Cup.