Real Madrid were at crossroads this summer, having lost the defensive partnership of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, which had been so important to the club’s recent success, but after just 100 days, the new pairing of David Alaba and Eder Militao has rendered the former a distant memory.
Some said it would be impossible to lose two superstars and still succeed so quickly, but Carlo Ancelotti has worked wonders with Militao, boosting his confidence and providing him with the reassuring presence of Alaba.
Real Madrid began their season on August 14, but it was not until August 28 that the duo first played together in the center of defense.
Los Blancos are flying high at the top of LaLiga Santander with an incredible secure defensive structure 100 days after that match against Real Betis.
They are both untouchable for Ancelotti, and they are crucial to the way he wants his team to be set up in games.
“The quality of the two is extraordinary,” Ancelotti enthused.
“They are different Militao is very strong and Alaba adapts very well. They understand each other and complement each other well.”
In the 17 matches that Militao and Alaba have played as a defensive pairing, Los Merengues have recorded 14 victories, two draws and one defeat.
In half of those matches the Spanish giants have recorded clean sheets, as well as conceding a grand total of just nine goals, which is incredibly impressive.