With something more of choral spirit and an assumption of the obligatory nature of the very executive position, Madrid was proclaimed World Club Champion for the third consecutive edition after defeating an opponent without stripes. In the 18-year history of the competition, a kind of test bed in which the maximum of facing the best teams on the globe is not as romantic as it seems, whites have four titles (three in a row), more than any other team. Despite the daily swings, few costumes have shown such an obvious facility to withstand the exercise of pressure against the current that Madrid. With much more desdoro to lose than glory to conquer, the team of Solari adds in Abu Dabi a notch more to a belt that hangs now looser to the hope of coming crushes.
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The Argentine technician entrusted the same eleven that defeated Kashima Antlers in the semifinals, and yet, despite the presence of the same elements, the mix could not have been more different. The game forgot the bands to stay in the center, where the figure of Modric emerged in a special way. The Croatian became the true beacon of transmission of a type of football, of the many that practice Madrid, in which most (and better) intervene most of his pieces.
Despite the presence of Lucas Vázquez and Bale on the sides, the ball crossed the field from vertical paths, simple in appearance, which avoided the need to cover more field than necessary. This modification, although it isolated the Welshman from time to time, who failed to match Cristiano's mark in the Mundialito and stays at one goal from the Portuguese (nine to eight), allowed the combinations from Benzema and Kroos to establish positions clearer game.
Al Ain was not a tactical enigma too complicated to decipher. The slogan of the Emirati team did not go beyond extreme solidarity, and sometimes misunderstood. There are times when covering the space is more useful than helping the partner. But white became too absorbing a color for Zoran Mamic's team.
It is not that Madrid drew a game without blots. He had them, and great, especially when he believed, as he usually does this season, that rude errors do not reach rude goals. A pass back of head of Marcelo recently inaugurated the party could place his team before a mountain pass in the middle of the desert. Especially because ElShahat knew what to do with the ball, throwing a cut inside the area that knocked Courtois out and placed him with the full face goal. But his shot hit the knee of Sergio Ramos, who sent the ball to corner to desperate Zayed Sports City Stadium, which permanently booed the Madridista for his visit dressed as a sheikh to the Great Mosque of the city during the rest day on Thursday. .
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The good thing for the team of Solari is that the pinch did not leave a mark, and agitated by the setback decided to solve it at the first exchange. Modric did it with a left-footed shot from outside the area that stuck to the stick in an extremely elegant way. The Croatian lived so comfortable that when that happens the normal thing is that the unthinkable happens. Quite the opposite happened to several of his colleagues. The apparent was elusive. Sometimes by merit of the rival, as when Eissa cleared a corner header Bale. Or when again the Emirati goalkeeper dismantled with merit a shot of Modric volley in that same corner kick. Even so, no player added more clear marda chances than Benzema.
The Frenchman is an expert in virguerismo at half a meter, but the goal is a space with too many blind spots. He picked up chances of half and short distance with enough simplicity to finish in goal, but there was no way. The inability of the defense of the Al Ain to arm itself before so much harassment facilitated the appearance of evident situations of danger. To the one manufactured by Madrid were added the derivatives of bad organization.
He did not count Al Ain with a player similar to Marcos Llorente. The canterano deployed all its catalog of virtues and despaired of more than one rival. To that first initiation pass, a whole series of races backwards were added to cover vulnerable areas. Embedded in the defense or arriving in the race seemed the player best synchronized with the movement of the ball. He collected the prize for his effort with a goal that was the product of a good shot that adorned a task that rarely shows up highlights of the parties.
In that territory there are better specialists than Sergio Ramos, who at the exit of a corner headed without opposition a corner kick. As beautiful as his was the one that Shiotani achieved afterwards, which went ahead of Benzema, and gave something to celebrate a hungry grandstand. A center of Vinicius that introduced in its goal Nader finalized the end.
In a two-match tournament in Abu Dhabi, Madrid drew another title and the feeling that despite setbacks is still a sure value. Something to hold on to when the road shows some more complicated curve on the road.