The first part of the match against Real Sociedad is an example. With Xabi in the lower corner of the triangle in midfield, Real Madrid secured a clean ball out. This gave Modric the freedom in creative in his tasks. He was able to perform and supplying balls to the forwards and attack while Khedira was pressing and running . There was harmony in the midfield for the first time in Real Madrid.
For Real Madrid, Xabi around is a Christmas present early. With it, possession is meaningless, and the team knows what he plays. He is a coach on the field. A teacher, as Carlo Ancelotti describe Xabi. He gives a football clinic in every action and is worth seeing him.
Xabi gave, in 232 minutes, 137 good passes and 21 bad passes. Beyond the data, it seems that the low performance of the team disappeared with him in the field. The serenity makes Madrid play better in recent games, and this is provided by the Tolosa native.
His absence in the disastrous second half against Rayo. In a field that gave him no ease and on your first start after injury, Xabi left the team with 0-2 break, after a very good performance in the first half . In the second half, without it , the wreck is well known. The team didn’t have the orientation, and they had a lack of creativity.
The formation 4-3-3 is Xabi’s perfect squeme, Ancelotti knows this and Ancelotti knows he can reached good results if Xabi is in perfect conditions to play.
He returned in the 7-3 against Sevilla, He played a good first half of the victory in Vallecas against Rayo, the evidence don’t lie. Xabi is critical for Real Madrid.
Xabi has brought the game at Madrid and has turned a tactical sprawl with meaningful scheme, and it shows signs of improvement . Most importantly, the joy returned to the “Merengue”.