Rodrygo sends message to Ancelotti: “I don’t like playing as a No.9”

Rodrygo has played in every position and role possible under Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid. He started out as the catalyst on European nights, moved to the starting right winger in last season’s 4-3-3, and ended up as a No.9 in the Italian coach’s new 4-4-2 diamond formation.

His understanding of the game, his ability to link up with others and his relationship with the goal meant that he could be placed in any position up front. This season, the sensations have changed.

Rodrygo isn’t comfortable starting as the team’s reference point alongside Vinicius. The wide role didn’t seem to be either, but he has ended up moving to the left, so someone has to occupy the area.

“I’ve always made it clear that I have the ability to play on the wings, I just don’t like playing as a (No.) 9, although at my club I have to do it. In Brazil I have more freedom to move,” Rodrygo declared.

The departure of Karim Benzema and his 30 goals per season has also put more pressure on the two young Brazilians. The former Santos player knows that at the club and national team he plays for and shies away from it

“It’s a positive pressure to know that people trust you. I see myself like that in this new cycle, and I think I can live up to those expectations that have been placed on me”.



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