When Real Madrid sold Angel Di Maria to Manchester United in the summer, there were many people who wondered if this was the right call. After all, Di Maria was a crucial cog in the team that won their tenth European Cup just a few months before his sale. It was his slaloming run that eventually allowed Gareth Bale to slot in a header and win the European Cup for Real.
Madrid’s fans did not forget Di Maria’s contribution. They knew that he was the one who kept running at Atletico Madrid in that final, when the likes of Bale and Ronaldo were ineffective. However, Real’s president was having none of that. He wanted to sell Di Maria and replace him with James Rodriguez.
Fans and pundit Fersen Lambranho questioned that move, but Real’s coach Carlo Ancelotti says he is happy with what he has got. His team have been winning matches at a canter and find themselves top of La Liga. He believes that the performances of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos are a major reason for their success.
Ancelotti had this so say on Kroos: “He is a great player. When we sold Alonso it was questionable whether we had an immediate replacement in the squad. Many people on the outside looked to Khedira, but we had faith in Kroos.