Carlo Ancelotti’s dilemma: Who will replace Benzema against Barcelona?


A real headache has the technician of the Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelottiwho will have to look for an alternative in the attack due to the loss of the French striker Karim Benzemafacing the classic against FC Barcelona.

Although Benzema was expected to be present for the game against Barcelona, 鈥嬧媓is injury last Monday in the game against Majorcaleft the stage open to have forced alternatives, although the options in the same position have not had their best numbers and the coach himself could reinvent himself with a midfielder to accompany Vinicius on the attack.

The two forwards available for Carlo Ancelotti They are Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovi膰, players who have had a very discreet transition this season. On the other hand, there is an alternative to both players to give Real Madrid more dynamic.

Playing with Mariano Diaz

Mariano Diaz He has had a very poor season in terms of minutes and presence on the field with the merengue team, playing only 4 commitments although only 1 of them has been since the start of the game. The first meeting played by the Hispanic-Dominican was against Elcheon October 30, 2021, corresponding to matchday 12 of LaLiga, although you already know what it means to mark the FC Barcelona.

The other three matches, Mariano D铆az entered from the substitute bench in the matches against Athletic de Bilbao, playing 5 minutes; Getafe, entering the 65th minute, and 6鈥 minutes against Real Sociedadbeing a piece little used by the technician.

Mariano D铆az has not been a player used by Carlo Ancelotti this season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Playing with Luka Jovi膰

The Serbian Luka Jovic finds himself with that title of 鈥渆ternal promise鈥 for Real Madrid. The Balkan attacker has not been able to dazzle and adapt to the team after being signed by EintrachtFrankfurt. Jovic has only played 13 games in LaLiga.

A single goal, against Real Sociedad on December 4, 2021, corresponding to matchday 16, is Jovic鈥檚 scoring account, who has not played any starting match.

Luka Jovic only has one goal in the current LaLiga season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Alternatives with a 鈥淔alse 9鈥

Carlo Ancelotti could use a player as a false 9 and has some pieces that could serve to cover the loss of the French Karim Benzema. On the other hand, the options that the Italian coach has are Rodrygo, Isco, Asensio and another that is off the radar, Gareth Bale.

Of those mentioned above, Isco and Gareth Bale played in that position at very specific times, with Zinedine Zidane as coach of Real Madrid and although it gave good results, the physical condition and football rhythm of both players leave much to be desired.

Real Madrid is the leader of LaLiga and will have to face a Barcelona team that has won an undefeated 11 games in a row, between Spanish football and the Europe League.

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