If Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid’s plan was to use this season to gradually oversee the post Xabi Alonso era at the Bernabeu, then the metatarsal injury picked up in training by the former Liverpool midfielder has just shattered that plan.

Alonso, now 31 and with just a year remaining on his contract, has consistently been one Madrid’s most consistent performers in recent seasons. His ability to read the game, which saw him make 52 interceptions last season, and range of passing have made him a focal point of the Los Blancos set up.

His average pass length of 20 meters is only furthered by goalkeepers and defenders in the squad, and demonstrates how his incisive long balls are often the catalysts for Madrid counter attacks.

They’re not just long though, they’re accurate too – he completed 83% of nearly 1500 passes during the last campaign. Furthermore, he was Real Madrid’s most accurate passer.

Source: Royal Times
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