Carlo Ancelotti believes Marco Asensio has found his true position at Real Madrid

Real Madrid welcomed Mallorca to the Santiago Bernabeu this evening for another La Liga clash. Carlo Ancelotti’s men went into the game second in the table following Atletico Madrid’s late win at Getafe last night, while Mallorca sat tenth in the table. Los Blancos won 6-1 to send themselves top at Atletico’s expense.

Carletto chose a 4-2-3-1 lineup. Thibaut Courtois started in goal, behind a back four of Nacho, Eder Militao, David Alaba and Miguel. Eduardo Camavinga got his first start in midfield beside Fede Valverde, behind an attacking trident of Marco Asensio, Rodrygo and Vinicius. Karim Benzema led the line.

 

Madrid started quick, taking the lead inside three minutes through the inevitable Benzema, who wore the skipper’s armband. Asensio, who used to play for Mallorca, then doubled Madrid’s lead in the 24th minute, only for Kang-In Lee to pull one back for the visitors seconds later. Asensio then popped up for his second on the half-hour mark, before completing his hat-trick in the 55th minute. Benzema promptly added his second of the evening, before Isco got in on the act in the 84th minute.

 

“We started well,” Carletto said after the game in comments carried by Marca. “We alternated play a little and played with a lot of intensity. We were more aggressive and on the front-foot. We hadn’t worked on it, but we did talk about it and the players understood it well. The players who hadn’t played much were prepared and that’s a good sign for the whole squad.

“[Asensio] can do very well there, in that position between the lines,” the Italian continued. “It’s a position in which he can do a lot of damage, because he has quality, he shoots very well, he combines very well with the forwards. I think this is his position.”

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