In the 2nd half, Madrid became a different animal. Key substitutions by coach Carlo Ancelotti which included Eduardo Camavinga replacing an ineffective Toni Kroos were the ones that opened the game. Getting Camavinga onto the pitch and reducing the effect Verratti was having, gave Luka Modric a more free role to take control of the game. People talk about age and an evident decline by some players, but bossing a midfield at 37 YEARS-OLD is another level.
Karim Benzema, the French marksman, tormented the French club’s defense and in particular the goalkeeper when Benzema force him into an ill-advised pass, which was recovered by Vinicius Junior, and the Brazilian winger calmly teed up Benzema for the equalizer. Within minutes it was two when Modric took on the entire PSG team to release Vinicius down the left.
What does this mean for Real’s hopes in the UCL? They seem like a team that does not know when they are beaten and this will carry them very far. Behind the likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester City, and defending champions Chelsea, Real Madrid could make 2022 the year for number fourteen, extending their European dominance.
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