Miguel Gutierrez keeps on growing at Real Madrid. Against Celta Vigo, the 20-year-old consolidated himself in Carlo Ancelotti‘s XI for the second consecutive game this season, having made his first appearance against Real Betis.
Ancelotti had no choice but to choose him against Betis, but Marcelo and Nacho Fernandez had returned for the Celta game, showing that the youngster has earned his spot.
The Italian coach played things safe in the first two games of the season and opted for David Alaba at left-back, but he has now been won over by Miguel, just as Zinedine Zidane was at the back end of last season. Both coaches have had to play him due to injuries, only to see that they can put their trust in the Castilla graduate.
Miguel‘s selection and subsequent performance on Sunday suggests that he might well be in line to make the XI in Milan on Wednesday, with Real Madrid opening their Champions League campaign away to Inter.
The left-back was already knocking on Zidane‘s door ahead of the Chelsea tie last season, but the coach was yet to be convinced of his ability and instead opted for Marcelo in the first leg before choosing Ferland Mendy in the second.
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It’s likely that Miguel will play on Wednesday. Mendy hasn’t completed his recovery yet, and Marcelo‘s decline is clear to see. The Brazilian is the captain, but he’s now the fourth-choice left-back after Mendy, Miguel and Alaba.