Xabi Alonso will miss the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on the weekend. But explaining in these terms may seem a little harsh. Though the judgment was also poor to make the tackle.
“The rule is not fair at all – it needs to be changed,”
explained Xabi Alonso via Daily Mail.
You have to admit that the foul was unwarranted after the position and the dominance that Real Madrid developed. But you can think of sympathy for such a player who is forced to miss the final occasion.
Xabi Alonso has played, won and scored in European Cup final for Liverpool. He has also graced a World Cup final.
Now there, the biggest problem is for Carlo Ancelotti. Now he has to make replacement for the Spanish. But its another thing that he is not short of midfield options. He believes the combination of attributes will determine the final line-up.
As a matter of fact Sami Khedira is now back from a long term injury. But the Geman is not even a natural replacement for the old Alonso. So Ancelotti would definitely need to reshape the central area.
At the time, Xabi was injured Khedira and Modric played together in a double pivot. Initially it was hard for them to make up their understanding.
May be by intuition, Luka Modric began to occupy the deep-lying playmaker role. And Khedira could easily maintain his own format. But soon after Alonso coming back, Ancelotti switched to a4-3-3.
Alongside, the brilliant form of Angel Di Maria minimized the sufferings for Madrid at the mid. Defensive record also improved considerably. Pepe and Sergio Ramos played significant. But you can never understate the positional sense of Xabi Alonso.
At the base of the triangle, Khedira could play alongside Di Maria with Modric in Lisbon. Asier Illarramendi can be another solution as deepest midfielder and Modric in his natural position. But creativity will lack afterall.
I have a week to decide what my team will be but I am happy because he has played with rhythm and intensity and took up good positions on the pitch. Khedira is coming back from a difficult injury which has kept him out for a long time. we have to take that into consideration.
Ancelotti has always kept faith in the youngstars. Probably it would be the right decision for him to make the replacement with experienced Khedira. And we can always wait to see whether the decision turns right or wrong.