Real Madrid Five academy players victorious in Milan
Real Madrid’s first win over Inter at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium was achieved with the help of five of their academy graduates. Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Martin Odegaard, Lucas Vazquez and Mariano Diaz all started in Milan on Wednesday.
Some of these players might not have featured if it wasn’t to injuries to other members of the squad, but they all played their bit in an historic victory.
Carvajal has now fully recovered from the knee injury that kept him out for the first couple of months of the season and is the undisputed first choice at right-back.
Nacho filled in for Sergio Ramos at centre-back and, while he won the penalty that Eden Hazard converted, his most impressive work was keeping Romelu Lukaku at bay.
Odegaard may not have come through the academy system at Real Madrid, but he did play for Castile after joining the club as a 16-year-old. Now back from a successful loan at Real Sociedad, he’s enjoying an increasingly important role in Zinedine Zidane’s squad.
In the attack, Lucas demonstrated why he’s one of Zidane’s most trusted players, while Mariano stood in for the injured Karim Benzema for the second successive game.
Three of Zidane’s substitutes at the Meazza – Casemiro, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes – have also turned out for Castilla during their careers.
On the other side, Achraf Hakimi was the sixth The Factory graduate on the pitch, although he was wearing the black and blue of Inter on this occasion.