August 10, 2022 || 11:52 pm

(HD Video) ‘Real Madrid’ Team Training Hard Before The Start Of The Game

The players who tried to replace him – Marco Asensio, Mariano, Luka Jovic and in the season’s second Clasico, Luka Modric – all came up short, but it didn’t matter because he played 46 games (scoring 44 goals).

If he stays just as fit this season then holding back from bringing in another player capable of playing at centre-forward will have worked once more. But in a World Cup year it seems far more of a risk.

‘We have many forwards,’ said Carlo Ancelotti in his press conference before tonight’s Super Cup final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

‘Karim, Mariano, [Eden] Hazard, Asensio, Rodrygo. It’s clear that when you’re missing the best striker in the world, it affects the team. But replacing Karim right now is impossible because there isn’t anyone in the world who can. We have alternatives. If he catches a cold, we’ll adapt.’

It’s interesting to see Hazard and Rodrygo name-checked in the list of possible stand-ins.

The Belgium international does look in the best shape he has been in since he joined but his brief appearances in a central striking role in pre-season did not really work.

Rodrygo certainly has goals in him and could be the one to watch as Ancelotti gets around his squad’s only real limitation.

Elsewhere it’s indisputable that Madrid have strengthened impressively. Rudiger makes a defensive squad that also boasts, from right to left, Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Edu Militao, David Alaba and Ferland Mendy, even stronger.

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