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Re: Official Spanish La Liga Discussion Thread

so, whats up with ancelotti playing the same 11 over and over.

I mean he almost didnt swap anybody during this last week, let alone the previous weeks.

Players like Isco and Carvajal are rotting on the bench, without even considering players like illiramendi, coentrao and varane who are also barely getting any playtime.

3 games in this last week basically played by the same 11, aside from Varane, and its not like Real Madrid hasnt got any top players aside from their top 11, even against an average side such as Deportivo, after the mid-week CL game, the players on the bench werent given a place in the starting 11, why's that?

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Re: Official Spanish La Liga Discussion Thread

so' date=' whats up with ancelotti playing the same 11 over and over.

I mean he almost didnt swap anybody during this last week, let alone the previous weeks.

Players like Isco and Carvajal are rotting on the bench, without even considering players like illiramendi, coentrao and varane who are also barely getting any playtime.

3 games in this last week basically played by the same 11, aside from Varane, and its not like Real Madrid hasnt got any top players aside from their top 11, even against an average side such as Deportivo, after the mid-week CL game, the players on the bench werent given a place in the starting 11, why's that?[/quote']

Carvajal is nursing a knock, he was the starter before that and should go back to being so once he's fully fit. Coentrao started both losses to Atletico and didn't look very good in either. Isco simply doesn't fit into the system (needs to be a central attacking midfielder, a position that Real Madrid don't use as they attack from the wings -- similar problem to James positionally) and Illaramendi really should be playing in Kroos' spot.

Ancelotti is trying to mold his players into different players, which is why he's going with the same bunch as often as possible. It's been clear to anyone who has watched Real take on a decent side that the KROOS, JAMES and MODRIC experience does not and will not work. Seeing them go up against GABI and TIAGO, for example, was pitiful. Real Madrid need some sort of pitbull to win challenges and to get his hands dirty. That's why Xabi was such a great fit, but Kroos and Modric just aren't that type of player. James especially not, and he's not playing in a system that allows him to be himself.

Adding in Illara in place of Kroos or Modric could help because he's got more grit to him. But Isco will lead to the exact same problem as James.

My solution would be to get rid of Benzema. Use CR and Bale as a front two, allow James that #10 spot in the middle. Kroos can box-to-box with Modric and Illara as a holding mid. Diamond midfield. Bring in Isco as a straight swap with James when necessary. Use Coentrao and Carvajal to run the wings.

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Seriously' date=' is there a better CB pairing in the world than Godin/Miranda? Both score in the first half today in absence of Mandzukic.[/quote']

Both are individually great and even better together.

Both are amazing.

Miranda should have gone to the World Cup to be honest.

Absolutely, but Scolari is an idiot.

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