Renowned for being a club bringing together the big stars of the planet, Real Madrid have changed their policies in recent years. Recruiting fewer flashy names, the Merengue club focuses more on the youth like Federico Valverde, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes or Martin Odegaard. This is still in its infancy in practice, as Zinedine Zidane’s old guard is still in place despite best efforts. Castilla, the reserve team of the Merengues have often had the wrong role in recent years. A breeding ground for talent, it has seen very few players join the first team. This has earned many criticisms from the French coach, especially since many of these young people have exploded elsewhere.
Thus, we will retain Alvaro Morata, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and Federico Valverde among the players who will have had a minimum important role with the Merengues. This is very little for such a renowned training center where players like Achraf Hakimi (Inter Milan), Sergio Reguilon (Tottenham), Oscar Rodriguez (Sevilla), Mario Hermoso (Atlético de Madrid), Diego Llorente (Leeds United) or still Marcos Llorente (Atlético de Madrid) have been released in recent years. Yet if we look at the new generation that is arriving, hope is clearly present.
Real Madrid are doing well in the youth classes
Last season, Real Madrid had a dream run in the Youth League by pushing aside Juventus (3-1), Inter Milan (3-0) and Red Bull Salzburg (2-1) and then dominating Benfica 3-2 in the final. By thus excluding formations known for their training, the Merengue club led by Raul has left its mark on the competition. Some players particularly shone in a fairly strong collective. Thus, Miguel Gutierrez, Victor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Marvin Park and Sergio Arribas particularly shone in this competition. So much so that during this 2020/2021 season, they were rewarded with appearances with the first team.
All five in the Castilla squad where they are important members, they have a full season in club. Currently in a barrage of accession to bring Real Madrid Castilla up to the Spanish second division, Raul’s training is full of talent and some of them have not finished talking about them. While Real Madrid have had a lot of physical problems at the end of the season, Antonio Blanco (20), Sergio Arribas (19) and Miguel Gutierrez (19) have scored plenty of points.
An ultra-promising trio
While Marcelo sticks out his tongue and Ferland Mendy is indisputable on the left flank of the Madrid defense, the young Miguel Gutierrez could do well. Used three times so far with Real Madrid, he is particularly distinguished by a good quality of center and brings security in defense. Thus, he could take advantage of Marcelo’s poor form and Ferland Mendy’s physical problems to start against Granada on Thursday. His debut didn’t happen until April, but Zinedine Zidane has been under the spell for a long time, especially after seeing him at work in the preseason. Under contract until June 2024, the Spanish side should also be promoted next season and be fully integrated into the first team, while several English teams have already positioned themselves on his file according to the Iberian press. But in Spain, if the fate of Marcelo seems sealed, we see in Gutierrez a serious candidate for a starting place on the left in the medium term …
Antonio Blanco has already had the honor of starting against Cadiz (3-0) and Osasuna (2-0). Used in 4 of the last 5 matches, he has shown a lot of personality on the ball and has been able to form a complementary double pivot for Casemiro, or even play in his position alone in the latter’s absence. Taking on Real Madrid’s game in the absence of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric is not given to everyone and Antonio Blanco knows how to do it. Considered as Casemiro’s natural replacement, Antonio Blanco recently extended until June 2023 and has a profile a little more creative than the Brazilian, so much so that in Spain he is even compared more to a player like Xabi Alonso. . He too had caught the eye of Zizou for some time now, and he reflects the confidence granted by the tricolor tactician.
Zinedine Zidane under the spell
Finally, Sergio Arribas has a big competition with Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes and Isco in his zone. The young winger still has eight appearances in La Liga as well as two in the Champions League and shows an interesting potential. Scorer 3 times in 15 matches with Castilla, he will have to improve his finish, but his ability to eliminate and overflow is interesting. Recently the author of a marvelous goal with La Fabrica, he is slowly becoming, but surely, the one who will replace Isco. His profile is increasingly rare in current football, halfway between the torchbearer and the number 10, always there between the lines to make differences with the ball to the foot or via transmissions that are well felt for his partners.
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Three talented young men who never cease to impress. So much so that even coach Zinedine Zidane is quite enthusiastic and confident: “Antonio Blanco was very good. He’s one of our players. He’s with Castilla, but he can play with us. Gutierrez and Arribas too, they spent a lot of time with us. They bring positive energy and you have to take advantage of it. ” Disturbed by injuries, Real Madrid knew how to trust their young people who returned to the field. And that, not to mention other very promising elements of the Merengue academy, such as defender Victor Chust, who we have also seen at work this season, or striker Marvin Park. A small group of five young people who make up the golden youth of La Fabrica, the Mirlos Five (Mirlos is the name given to young people from the Madrid training center, Editor’s note). The beautiful story can continue in the years to come, but for that, Real Madrid will have to give them the opportunity to express themselves.