Ancelotti bets on Hazard in Benzema's position to receive Mallorca

Matchday 5

The Belgian, whom the Madrid coach does not ask to score more goals, "but to play well, as he did against Celtic", returns to eleven

Amador Gomez

Carlo Ancelotti considers that Eden Hazard is the best alternative to take the place of Karim Benzema. The Real Madrid coach will bet on the Belgian as a 'false 9' to receive Mallorca this Sunday, who arrives at the Bernabéu "with little to lose and much to gain", as Javier Aguirre acknowledged this Saturday, after taking a 6-1 last season, without the Mexican still on the Balearic bench. Benzema then scored a brace and Marco Asensio a hat-trick.

However, Real Madrid's French striker who was injured against Celtic will not be able to play, at the earliest, until next Sunday in the Metropolitano derby, and it will be Hazard, who returns to the starting lineup 231 days later, who will occupy the position center forward. After his convincing performance in the Champions League debut, Ancelotti will line up the former Chelsea player, whom the Italian coach does not ask to score goals, "but to play well, as he did against Celtic, to maintain a good offensive attitude" .

With plenty of victories in the League and 14 goals in five games –including the Champions League, in which Hazard was reunited with the goal–, Madrid will receive a Mallorca team that has only conceded three goals, all of them from penalties, and that he will appear in the white coliseum with the idea of ​​defending and waiting for the counterattack. Without the essential Benzema, the champion will have to be patient and take advantage of his class and attacking mobility, led by Vinicius due to the loss of the Frenchman, although the Whites are confident that Hazard will finally take off after being so punished by injuries and not playing more than five complete games since he signed for the white club three years ago.

«This team has a lot of quality in the attacking front, with Vinicius, with Hazard, with Rodrygo, with Asensio... In some games Mariano can also help us. We have resources, but tomorrow I am going to put Hazard, who although he does not have the scoring streak that Karim has, because he has not played for a long time, he did well when he came on against Celtic, "said Ancelotti this Saturday, who has already tried in preseason with the Belgian as '9 liar'. "We don't have a natural replacement for Benzema, but he can be replaced with other players with different characteristics," insisted the champion's coach.

Vinicius has so far scored the same goals as Benzema in the League (three), although the Brazilian also opened the scoring in Glasgow's 0-3 draw. «He can score more or less goals, but he is being decisive. His objective is to continue playing as he is playing, with the good attitude he has and with continuity », Ancelotti pointed out in reference to the Brazilian.

Likely lineups:

  • Real Madrid:
    Courtois, Lucas Vázquez, Nacho, Rüdiger, Alaba, Modric, Tchouaméni, Kroos, Valverde, Hazard and Vinicius.

  • Majorca:
    Rajkovic, Maffeo, Valjent, Raíllo, Copete, Costa, Battaglia, Grenier, Kang-in Lee, Dani Rodríguez and Muriqi.

  • Referee:
    Figueroa Vázquez (Andalusian).

  • Stadium and hours:
    Santiago Bernabeu. 2:00 p.m. (Dazn).

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