It had already happened to PSGat chelseaat Manchester United Where Arsenalit is now the turn of real Madrid. For the first time in 121 years of history and 4,435 games, the Madrid club started a meeting without any Spanish player on Saturday night, in the defeat against Villarreal. Carlo Ancelotti lined up Courtois, Militao, Rüdiger, Alaba, Mendy, Modric, Tchouameni, Kroos, Valverde, Benzema and Vinicius. Either a Belgian, two Germans, three French, an Austrian, a Croat, an Uruguayan and two Brazilians.
A situation that does a lot of talking in Spain, where Real represents a certain idea of local greatness. The website Report published a long paper this Sunday morning to try to understand how the White House got there. The explanations are multiple: less and less space for players trained at the club (Hakimi, Miguel Gutiérrez or Mayoral in recent years), less interest in the national market when it is necessary to recruit, or quite simply the lack of quality of players .
Today, the only three Spaniards regularly in the starting 11 are Dani Carvajal, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez, and again, it’s debatable for the last two. The others, like Ceballos and Nacho, are substitutes at best, while Odriozola or Vallejo play third roles.
What to bring brand to ask the question on his site : Are there no Spaniards at the level for the XI of Real Madrid or does the club not bet enough on national players? The last 100% Spanish team, taken out of the boxes for the occasion by a few journalists, definitely belongs to another era.