September 29, 2022

Marco Asensio quote shows why he no longer belongs at Real Madrid

Real Madrid right winger Marco Asensio was once one of the most promising young players in Europe. More importantly than that, the current No. 11 scored some very important goals for the Merengues during the three-peat.

Even more recently, Asensio was a key player in the 2019/20 LaLiga-winning season, returning that summer from an ACL tear to score with his first touch against Valencia. He then provided some more positive moments.

This season, too, Asensio scored 10 goals, including some matchwinners. He was something of a super-sub for Real Madrid when he came off the bench.

But the harsh reality is that Real would not have won the Champions League if they continued to start the 26-year-old. He is a great shooter and can score goals, but, as the stats show with zero assists, he does basically nothing else. Asensio is an average playmaker at best, his athleticism has been sapped after the injury, his dribbling skills are minimal for a Madrid winger, and his defensive work rate is abysmal.

Real Madrid improved when they benched Asensio in the Champions LeagueA key turn-around in the Real Madrid season occurred when Carlo Ancelotti finally started Fede Valverde over him against PSG in the Champions League and then demoted him further behind Rodrygo Goes, who had three crucial goals in two decisive second legs in the Champions League quarterfinals and semifinals.

In an interview with El Larguero, Marco Asensio provided verbal examples backing what we saw on the pitch. He is not a bad player, but he is not a player for Real Madrid:

“I also want to grow in everything and have continuity throughout the year, not 3 or 4 months. You have to respect the coach’s decisions and be prepared when he gives you the opportunity. I’m proud of what I’ve done, it’s been my best goalscoring season. I’ve given the best I could in the minutes I’ve had.”

“There is a lot of competition in Madrid, the coach decides and that is what you have to abide by. But in a season for a player, continuity and trust are very important so that everything comes out much easier. When a player has 15 minutes and has to score, he wears out a lot, especially mentally. I’m not saying he hasn’t trusted, he has trusted me. But it is important to everyone.”

These quotes are not unreasonable, and, on the surface, they may even seem positive. However, it is important to never take quotes at face value and to really dig into what he is saying.

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