Carlo Ancelotti decided to rest Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric for Wednesday's LaLiga Santander game against Real Mallorca and the average age of Real Madrid midfielders was reduced by up to 10 years. Eduardo Camavinga, 18, started in the middle third alongside midfielder Fede Valverde (23) and attacking midfielder Marco Asensio, 25.
Meanwhile, Casemiro (29 years old), Kroos (31) and Modric (36) took a break as Ancelotti rotated the team through the congested calendar in LaLiga Santander and the Champions League. Six of the players who entered the starting line-up are 23 years old or younger, which means that the average age of the first XIs was 24.7 years against Mallorca. The future of Fede Valverdes at Real Madrid is expected to be bright, while Eduardo Camavinga is seen by the club as a player who will be with the team for the long term.
Meanwhile, Asensio managed a hat-trick and stood out against his former side despite returning to midfield in the Ancelottis 4-3-3 formation. Kroos' injury issues have kept him from playing so far this season, while Modric, 36, needs more rest than other seasons and Casemiro is expected to be part of the rotation until his natural replacement is found by Los Blancos.
The last game without the brilliant midfielder trident No less than 1,015 days have passed since none of Kroos, Modric and Casemiro featured in Real Madrid's starting lineup. It happened on December 12, 2018, in Real Madrid's 3-0 loss to CSKA Moscow at home, where Santiago Solari lined up Marcos Llorente, Isco and Valverde in the middle third.
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