Despite being on the squad for all of Real Madrid’s games this season, Carlo Ancelotti has let Brahim Diaz’s talent stay largely unplanned.
The 24-year-old has shown enough to convince in the few minutes he has received and will get his deserved prominence as the season progresses. After all, the campaign is long and gruelling.
The young forward played his first minutes for Real Madrid this season as a late substitute against Almeria at the Power Horse Stadium. He then played 14 minutes against Getafe and produced a strong cameo.
Speaking on his contributions to the team in a recent interview, he said: “I am prepared to help the team and contribute in the minutes I play. The other day I entered a very good moment of the game. The team was very good and I contributed and everything went very well.”
“The coach was happy. He tells me to take advantage of every minute and try to change the game,” he added on what Carlo Ancelotti expected of him.
Diaz then went on to detail the gruelling competition at Real Madrid and how every player had to stay on their toes to stay competitive.
“I focus on helping the team as much as I can, whether in the offensive or defensive aspects. In the end, it’s about being ready because the level is very high here and you have to give your best.”
Los Blancos have etched their names firmly as the comeback kings owing to their never-say-never attitude. Commenting on the team’s mentality on the field, Diaz said,
“I love the Real Madrid winning spirit. In a moment any player can show his talent and score a goal. It’s a team game and you know you can come back because you have very good players.”
“The team plays as they train, and in the end in the games, it comes out. In each training, you improve your level and you take a step forward,” he added on how Los Blancos always found a way out of difficult situations.
The UEFA Champions League has historically been Real Madrid’s competition, and the Spanish youngster could not contain his excitement over the return of the event to Santiago Bernabeu.
“I’m really looking forward to the Champions League anthem at the Santiago Bernabéu. The first game is here and I will enjoy it very much.”
Finally, Diaz gave his two cents on the team’s hectic schedule this season, the constant juggling between competitions and the squad depth.
“We have a tight schedule, with a game almost every three days, but that’s good and we are ready for what’s coming. I have no doubt that we will do well because we have talent and an incredible squad.”
Source: Real Madrid TV
Real Madrid goalscorer played with a dislocated shoulder against Las Palmas
Journalist Arancha Rodriguez has claimed that Real Madrid forward Brahim Diaz played the Las Palmas game with a dislocation in his right shoulder, which actually happened last Sunday during the derby match against Atletico Madrid.
The news was later confirmed by the forward’s father, Sufiel Abdekalder, who told The Athletic, “Yes [he had dislocated shoulder], but we didn’t want it to be public. Our 100% focus was on the match.”
The former AC Milan loanee started his first game of the season and it was his goal that marked the beginning of Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Las Palmas.
The 24-year-old was later replaced in the 57th minute but by then, the Los Blancos had already established a two-goal lead.
“I’m so proud, you can’t describe the feeling, it’s something unique. I can only thank the fans because I’ve had an incredible welcome. I’m very happy to be here and play for this badge,” the forward said after the game.
Special outing for Diaz
The Las Palmas game was the first time that Diaz started a game for Real Madrid.
The versatile attacking midfielder found himself among the five alterations made by Carlo Ancelotti following the disheartening derby performance against Atletico Madrid last Sunday, a game where Diaz was only introduced in the 70th minute.
The 24-year-old seized the opportunity with both hands, scoring the opening goal in what was a comfortable outing for the team.
Given the competition at hand, Diaz has been forced to settle for substitute appearances this season but fans have witnessed his unwavering dedication during this time.
The love he received from the Madrid supporters was shown when he was substituted during the second half.
While it is unlikely that his run in the first-team will continue, especially since Vinicius Jr. has now returned, the 24-year-old must continue to keep his head on the ground and work towards achieving the common goal this season.