Real Madrid – La Liga Shone against Alaves
Eder Militao has taken advantage of Sergio Ramos‘ absence due to injury and has been one of Real Madrid‘s best players both in their defeat to Alcoyano, as well as their win over Alaves.
The Brazilian centre-back relished the opportunity he was given by Zinedine Zidane and paid back his coach’s confidence with a goal in the Copa del Rey and a solid display in Vitoria.
Against Alaves, Militao produced a very mature performance, contributing both in defence and in Real Madrid‘s building from the back.
With this outing he made clear that he is not willing to give up despite having fell behind Ramos, Raphael Varane and Nacho Fernandez in Zidane’s pecking order.
Militao‘s name appeared amongst those rumoured to be nearing a Real Madrid exit following the departure of Luka Jovic, and Martin Odegaard‘s imminent move.
This happened after Real Madrid‘s elimination at the hands of Athletic Club in the Supercopa de Espana, where Militao didn’t play a single minute.
The Brazilian centre-back hadn’t stepped on the pitch either as a starter or coming off the bench for two-and-a-half months before the Copa del Rey match.
It was a period when Zidane decided to place his confidence in the ‘old guard’, as Real Madrid had suffered a couple of tough home defeats to Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, with Militao playing in both matches.
The 23-year-old defender also participated in some other painful defeats against Paris Saint-Germain, Real Mallorca, Real Betis and Manchester City.
This season, he suffered a muscle injury that sidelined him for one month back in September and missed a few games after testing positive for COVID-19 in early November.
However, Militao did not give up, but bounced back and showed Zidane that he could consider the Brazilian at least as his third-choice centre-back.