According to journalist Sergio Valentín, Tony Kroos He has been injured and today an MRI will be done to find out how serious it is, but he is practically ruled out for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 against PSG at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The German will be a sensible loss for the Real Madrid ahead of that match, where they have to come back from a 1-0 loss they suffered in the first leg. And it will not be the only important absence from the club because they will not have either Carlos Henrique Casemiro or Ferland Mendy, two of the most important pieces at the defensive level of the club.
Kroos has been injured. Left ischium. Tomorrow they do an MRI but practically ruled out for PSG.
– Sergio Valentin (@Sergivalentin_) March 3, 2022
Carlo Ancelotti is in serious trouble ahead of the second leg, which could also spell his departure from the club at the end of the season. Florentino Pérez has several coaches in his sights to replace him if he fails to advance to the round of the UEFA Champions League.
The Italian coach, who has hardly rotated so far this season, has a difficult challenge because he will have to reorganize his midfield area to face PSG, who currently have one of the best squads in the world. And here we will leave you the variants that he could use for said meeting:
The 3 variants that Ancelotti can use without Casemiro or Kroos
– Camavinga midfielder with Valverde and Modric inside: Maintain the 4-3-3 and use the Frenchman as a midfielder, a variant that he has used this campaign. The problem is that Camavinga has left many doubts in that position because he does not have the defensive characteristics that the merengue team needs. Without the ball it doesn’t finish shining.
– Change system: Use 4-2-3-1 with Camavinga, Valverde or Ceballos to overtake Modric on the pitch. A variant with which he could place two pieces to support the team, but that leaves doubts because there are many changes on the board to face the most important game of the season. Modric can also play in the first line of midfielders, but they would move him away from the area closest to the rival box.
– Praise midfielder: The Austrian can play in that area of the field, but this would cause Marcelo to start (doubts in defense) on the left side in the absence of Mendy and that Nacho appears as a starter along with Éder Militao in defense. Alaba has not played in that position this season, so he leaves doubts against an opponent with many top-level players.
The scenario is very complicated. Without two of your starters in midfield and with few players with continuity on the bench, Ancelotti will have to juggle what he has with an adverse result to overcome and against a team with Neymar, Messi and Mbappé.