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Real Madrid Still counts on Asensio

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It was expected to be tough for Real Madrid to earn a sixth win in a row. Above all, because Granada are a very serious team and they know exactly how to play their game. They’re well-organised and efficient under Diego Martinez, the kind of team that give Los Blancos the most difficulty. Without Eden Hazard and his ability to win one-on-one matchups, Real Madrid needed Karim Benzema to find solutions. They’ve also been relying on Vinicius, which is not to be sniffed at, but it’s clear that they struggle to find holes in the opposition defence.


It was also complicated because Real Madrid didn’t have Luka Modric and he is able to move the team forward. It was going to be a night of suffering and that was made clear in the first 30 seconds thanks to Raphael Varane and his latest giveaway. Granada made this happen by keeping Sergio Ramos from bringing the ball out and ensuring it was the Frenchman who had to do so.

Granada’s tactics and ability to irritate Real Madrid worked until the 55th minute, when Marco Asensio reminded us all of what a great footballer he can become again, doing so in the space of two minutes. It’s said that players either do or don’t recover from an injury as serious as the knee injury he suffered, but any recovery comes from hard work, time and patience. Real Madrid and the player have bought into this and, given the superb flick off the post that he produced, this seems the right approach. With that attempt and the passes for a Fede Valverde shot and the Casemiro goal, Real Madrid overcame a Granada side that were locking them out. This is what talent brings about, at the moment when it seemed Granada’s organisation couldn’t be overcome.


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Asensio is back on fire, he solves Zidane’s equation better

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Having played the last five games for Real Madrid, three of them as a starter, Asensio is once again a protagonist for Zinedine Zidane.


The wings are the most volatile positions in Zidane’s eleven, where the French coach has opted for several variants over the campaign so far. But in the Clásico, the first important game of the season, Zizou put his faith Marco Asensio.

The previous two defeats prompted Zidane to strengthen the centre of the field for the Clásico, with Kroos, Modric and Valverde accompanying Casemiro. The Madrid boss trusted in the formula that has given him so many successes in the past, opting to start Asensio in a position that, against Barcelona, had the added responsibility of giving support to Nacho (and eventually Lucas Vázquez after Nacho’s injury) to keep Jordi Alba at bay.

Zidane has a lot of confidence in Asensio. The serious injury he suffered last season prevented him from stamping his mark on one of the most competitive positions on Zidane’s team, but to which no one could claim a permanent hold in his absence.

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Asensio takes Bale’s 11 shirt
Asensio has become the owner of the 11 shirt with the exit of Bale, and the appreciation between coach and player is mutual. “We understand each other very well, almost just by looking at each other. He told me to score a goal”, revealed Asensio when talking about what Zidane said to him before he came on in the game against Valencia after the coronavirus suspension. It was his first appearance back after recovering from his horror injury and it took him half a minute to satisfy his coach’s wish. He ended up contributing two more goals on the way to Madrid’s 34th LaLiga title.

Asensio has been envisioned to become a regular fixture in Madrid’s attacking trident alongside Hazard and Benzema – an offensive line of which Real Madrid has been deprived because of both Isco’s injury and Hazard’s recurrent injuries. The three have only coincided on the field for nine minutes, in the aforementioned game against Valencia that marked Asensio’s return.

The prudence that Zidane has shown when it comes to reintroducing injured players to the fold meant that Asensio only played 362 minutes in the final 12 games of last season following the coronavirus suspension.

In the seven games played so far this season, Marco has played 318 minutes, making him the 11th most-used player in the squad. Having played the last five games, three of them as a starter, Asensio is a protagonist once again.


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Asensio and Vinicius Jr battles for Bale’s no.11

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Gareth Bale’s departure will free up an iconic number at Real Madrid, with No.11 left unassigned in the absence of the Welshman.


The number had been Bale’s since his 2013 arrival, but now it will be one that both Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio will battle to get their hands on.

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It’s a number that would suit him nicely, but he hasn’t made any firm decisions and won’t comment while Bale is still a Real Madrid player.

Vinicius would also suit it well, having worn it at Flamengo. But at Real Madrid he’s had to wear No.28 and No.25.

Should he not take Bale’s shirt, he’ll have to continue with his No.25 or else take James Rodriguez’s old No.16 shirt.

Other options are Brahim Diaz’s No.21 or Asensio’s No.20, should the latter take Bale’s number.


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Asensio looks just Like “New Signing” For Madrid


On July 24, 2019, Marco Asensio suffered an ACL injury during Real Madrid’s pre-season that was set to rule him out for close to the entire 2019/20 campaign.

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However, the coronavirus-related pause in the season means that he is almost recovered from that injury and there are still 11 rounds of LaLiga Santander action to go.

His left knee has passed all the tests it has been put through so far and Asensio can continue to recover without feeling rushed.

The 24-year-old is feeling confident about his return and he is ready to show that he can live up to the potential the whole world of football spoke about when he burst onto the scene in 2016.

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Florentino Perez visited Real Madrid training this week and logically spent a lot of time speaking with coach Zinedine Zidane and captain Sergio Ramos, but the other player he had a very lengthy chat with was Asensio.

The president and those in charge at the club have Asensio’s back, as they also supported him in 2018/19 when he struggled to live up to expectations that he could help fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Zidane has been a big believer in Asensio’s talent over the years too and now the man from Mallorca is keen to repay the faith that has been placed in him.

When competitive action returns, Asensio could play as a second striker if Luka Jovic and Mariano are still out injured, while he also has the advantage of being versatile enough to start across the front line.

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Luis Enrique is a fan too and Asensio will be looking to impress the Spain coach, but the priority right now is to return properly and to help Real Madrid fight for the league title.

In this sense, Asensio is like a brand new mid-season signing for Los Blancos.


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