Real Madrid Manager Carlo Ancelotti Reveals Why Antonio Rudiger Played at Left Back in El Clasico

German international Antonio Rudiger made his unofficial Real Madrid debut in their 1-0 loss to Barcelona on Sunday morning in Las Vegas. 

Robert Lewandowski made his Barca debut in this game, and Raphinha scored the game’s lone goal in the 27th minute after intercepting a misplaced ball from Real’s Eder Militao. The El Clasico was the first of Madrid’s three preseason games in the United States. 


Carlo Ancelotti gave Rudiger, 29, a starting position, and he played for 45 minutes before being removed at halftime. Surprisingly, the tough defender, who Ancelotti tried him out in at left-back in practice on Friday, was used there. Even though he played left center back in a back three at Chelsea, that is not his primary position.

Carlo Ancelotti said in his post-match interview, that: “The idea for [David] Alaba and Rudiger was to switch their positions during the match and they will do so again.

“Alaba will only play at left-back if needed.”

It appears Rudiger will have a hybrid role at Real Madrid if what Ancelotti told the media is anything to go by. The former Chelsea defender will switch from centre-back to left-back when needed – and Alaba will do just the same. The El Clasico was Madrid’s first of three pre-season fixtures in the United States of America. The Spanish champions will also take on Club America and end of their tour with a game against Juventus next week.

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