Miguel Gutierrez is impressing everyone at Real Madrid

Posted Tuesday, May 18, 2021 by Marca.com

Miguel Gutierrez is impressing everyone at Real Madrid

With two wins in two starts, it's no wonder that Miguel Gutierrez is winning over everyone at Real Madrid. The games the 19-year-old has been trusted to start in haven't been meaningless dead rubbers either, but two 'finals' at tough away venues as Los Blancos strive to give themselves a chance of winning LaLiga Santander.

With the pressure jacked right up, Gutierrez has nonetheless risen to the occasion, first at Granada and then at Athletic Club.

The left-back has shown everyone exactly why Zinedine Zidane played him ahead of Marcelo, despite these games perhaps calling for the experience and know-how of a player of the Brazilian's calibre.

The French coach can often be seen on the touchline applauding the youngster for his fearlessness and Gutierrez is clearly earning the respect and trust of his teammates as well.

The Madrid native is prepared to run with the ball and play his way out of difficult situations and offers himself as an option that his teammates don't hesitate to use, regardless of the situation.

Miguel's impact

Gutierrez's personality can also be seen in his communication on the pitch, as he is not afraid to call out orders to Rodrygo or Vinicius ahead of him.

The sight of Marcelo on the bench at San Mames tells you everything about Gutierrez's impact and he earned his starting spot after impressing as a substitute against Cadiz, Osasuna and Sevilla.

Saving the best until last

He is the latest academy player to debut with the Real Madrid first team this season, following in the footsteps of Sergio Arribas, Marvin Park, Hugo Duro, Victor Chust and Antonio Blanco.

Of all the academy debutants this season, he is the one who has made the biggest impression. With two consecutive starts and almost a month of continual involvement, the signs are that Gutierrez is here to stay.

It is also to his credit the way he has stepped into a defence that has lacked any consistency in recent weeks and given good performances at a time when the team really needed it.

In every crisis there is opportunity, and the silver lining on Real Madrid's defensive woes this season may just be the emergence of Miguel Gutierrez.

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