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Asensio: “I had to take the opportunity”

Asensio celebrates his second goal against Mallorca.DPA via Europa Press / Europa Press

The gray and autumnal day brought melancholy to Madrid, but, paradoxically, Marco Asensio came out of his way. Without a trace of him in the first six line-ups of Carlo Ancelotti, with just 68 minutes at the start of the season, even without any participation last Sunday at the Mestalla, no one felt better than when the revolution was shot in the eleven. Three goals, almost one Olympic and another that he swiped on the Valjent line. He scored from outside the area, hand in hand with Reina and clinching in the goal.

So many times expected, especially last season in a team that survived with what was put in front of the rival goal, before his exes from Mallorca he was shirtless. The joy, yes, was contained by his past on the island. His three goals were the happy white exception and Benzema’s double, the merengue routine. Eight, plus seven assists, the Frenchman already has. For now, the player of the championship.

“I’m very happy. I had the opportunity to start and I had to take advantage of it. I have worked hard for this moment. I have shown that [Ancelotti] you can count on me. There is a lot of competition here and you have to be prepared, ”said Asensio. “We are all very plugged in. We really want to have a good season, “he added.

The arrival of a coach to a locker room opens the windows and changes the dynamics. For better or worse. In your case, for the second so far. Zinedine Zidane’s priority option, with Ancelotti he fell in this start to the bottom of the storage room. Neither as a means, where the Italian coach was testing him (this Wednesday he played there), nor in the attack, an area in which he has been in the shadow of Bale, Hazard, Vinicius and Rodrygo. There was already a buzz with him. “Asensio may not be happy. It is normal. It will have minutes ”, the coach commented in a generic way the day before before the incipient noise due to its low weight. The next day he had them and scored a triplet, the second of his career after the one achieved with the U21s against Macedonia in the group stage of Euro 2017. “He has shown that he can play in that position (the middle), between the lines, not by the band. He shoots and combines well ”, analyzed Ancelotti.

Asensio was one of the bets in the rejuvenating night that the white coach mounted. In a time when the club does not stop buying promises, Mallorca’s was probably the eleven with the highest concentration of cubs. The Italian did not beat around the bush, and he brought most of them together in one fell swoop. For starters, seven under 25 years old; with Courtois-Benzema-Nacho as the most veteran elements; and a core without Casemiro, Kroos or Modric, a circumstance that had only occurred in five League and Champions duels since 2015/16. A lineup that would have sounded like science fiction less than a year ago. The factor baby it affected even Mallorca, where Kubo (20), on loan from the whites, played his first game at the Bernabéu. The young night had for Asensio the effect of some pampering at the right moment, cheered when he was relieved in 72.

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The one who started the machine, yes, was a veteran, Karim Benzema, who began to bore holes in a defense in shaky mode in the third minute. Their numbers are unique in this century in the League: no one has so far achieved eight goals and seven assists. In all league events he has left his mark and this season he only left San Siro empty. Before leaving with acclaim, he left fifth after a back control, his 200th goal in the tournament.

After three full seasons grieving for the goal that was exiled with the departure of Cristiano, suddenly Madrid has been unleashed in attack. 21 goals in six days, the best data for the club since 87/88, when he scored 26. Even Isco celebrated one, something he had not achieved since two weeks before the pandemic stopped the world.

The best league start since Ancelotti’s first stage

The 16 points accumulated by Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid after the first six days of the League are the best figure since another Ancelotti’s Madrid, that of 2013-14. It was eight years since the white team had such a good start in the domestic tournament. These six victories (Alavés, Betis, Celta, Valencia and Mallorca) and a draw (Levante) trace the results obtained by that merengue team so different from this one at the beginning of the first stage of the Italian coach’s team. Then, he beat Betis, Granada, Athletic, Getafe and Elche, and did not go beyond the draw against Villarreal.

Since then, in 2014-15 (also with Ancelotti) he made 12 points in those first six league dates; in 2015/16, he stayed at 14 with Rafa Benítez on the bench; in 2016-17, he equaled those 14 (already with Zidane at the helm); in 2017-18, it was no more than 11 (also with Zizou in the band); in 2018-19, he achieved 13 with Julen Lopetegui; In 2019-20, he got 14 with Zidane back; and in the past, 13, also with the French coach.

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