The only eighteen-year-old talent Álvaro Rodriguez gave Real Madrid a point in the derby against Atlético Madrid on Saturday evening in the final phase. With this, the attacker equaled a performance by club icon Raúl González Blanco, his current trainer at Real Madrid Castilla.
Marca labels Rodríguez as the ‘new Raúl’. The Uruguayan, who was brought in by coach Carlo Ancelotti as a substitute, headed Real Madrid 1-1 from a corner kick in the 85th minute. Atlético goalkeeper Jan Oblak had no chance.
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The similarities are great with the first goal that his teacher Raúl ever scored for Real. That was thirty years ago, also against rival Atlético. “The connection between Álvaro Rodríguez and Raúl González had a magical and special chapter at the Santiago Bernabéu yesterday,” writes Marca.
After the match, Ancelotti praised the teenager, who is still part of Real Madrid Castilla. “Next season he will join the first team because he has qualities that few others have. He is tall, strong, has good ball handling and is strong with his head. We will assess how we can do for the rest of the season. will combine with Castilla. I will discuss that further with Raúl,” said the Italian coach at the press conference.