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One of the most disappointing notes of the Derby last Sunday was the performance of Marco Asensio. The Real Madrid managed to save a point before Athletic at Metropolitan Wanda thanks to a new goal from Karim Benzema. The ‘9’ returned to the starting eleven and this time he was accompanied by the Mallorcan and by Rodrygo Goes.
Asensio was not well in the duel against Atlético de Madrid. In front of the rojiblanco team no one left, he was missing in attack and, in addition, he was partly to blame at the start of the play that would end with Luis Suarez placeholder image beating Thibaut Courtois to put the 1-0 on the scoreboard.
Zidane decided that he was one of the first changes after the break. After an hour of play, Marco left the pitch to make his place for Faith Valverde, while Rodrygo also left his place to Vinicius. As he ‘Birdie’ like the ex of Flamengo they changed the face of the game.
More minutes, less prominence
His performance in the Derby is just one more sample of what Marco Asensio has done in recent months. Far from his best level, but with the favor of Zidane, not in vain, the Balearic footballer accumulates twelve consecutive titles in The league, to which are added their presence in the starting eleven in the Spain Supercup and in front of Atalanta, in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League.
His balance in the current 2020/2021 season is 1,899 minutes, two goals and two assists. He still does not know what it is to score or assist in a Champions League match, but the most worrying thing is that he has not just taken off, despite the confidence that Zidane has placed in him in recent months.
The player who once Cristiano Ronaldo placed as one of his most powerful successors, now he is a shadow of that footballer who deluded Real Madrid. Criticism haunts him, while Zidane continues to grant him opportunities to recover his best version, the one that has barely been glimpsed this season.
A lot at stake
Far is that version of Asensio that lifted Real Madrid fans from their seats. And it is not the fault of the injury he suffered, before that he had already suffered a slump that worried Real Madrid. Lights and shadows of a player called to lead the next generation not only of the white team, but also of Spain.
Time is running out and the white ’11’ needs to give more if he wants to continue being part of the club. And not only from Real Madrid, but next summer there will be Eurocup and a pass to be among the chosen of Luis Enrique You don’t ‘pay’ cheap, so to speak. Few tickets at stake and many players applying to get theirs.
The coach has never hidden that Asensio is to his liking, but he does not marry anyone and if he does not give the level, he will not call him up. The Mallorcan must take a step forward if he wants to triumph in white and be in the Eurocup to defend the colors of the Spanish team.
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