A new manager, a new contract for Sergio Ramos and a never ending pursuit of Manchester United’s David De Gea. It was a boring summer for Real Madrid, a summer in which Florentino Perez proved that he believes that Real Madrid have what it takes to challenge for anything this season. Whether that is the case? Only time would.
Real Madrid replaced Carlo Ancelotti, the man who finally captured La Decima with Benitez, a veteran of European management and would be hoping that the former Liverpool man can succeed where Ancelotti missed out nearly.
Real Madrid have not solved their goalkeeper problem as Casilla might be full of enthusiasm but the Spaniard’s inability to read the game and command his area would prove to be a huge liability for Real Madrid this season. Keylor Navas has produced some confident performances for Real Madrid but he has matched those with some very shaky performances. Inconsistency is Navas’ biggest problem. Sergio Ramos, Pepe and Varane are some of the best central defenders in the world and Nacho would prove useful in matches where any of the three players need a rest. Real Madrid’s central defense is always exposed however by the inclination on Marcelo, Coentrao, Arbeloa and Carvajal to attack down the flanks rather than defend. Illaramendi is yet to come to the fore at Real Madrid and Lucas Silva and Casemiro look like they need a season out on loan before they can fully play at the summit in Europe. That leave Kroos and Modric in midfield and those two are some of the best in the world but how would Benitez keep them fresh all season? In attack, only one name comes to mind. Yes, Mr. 59 goals himself, Cristiano Ronaldo. But at the age of 31, can Real Madrid continue to depend on him, James Rodriguez is an exciting player but he doesn’t influence the game as much as Ozil did for Real Madrid and Jesse Rodriguez has not been the same players since his return from a lengthy injury spell last season. Bale is still struggling with the weight put on him by his outrageous 100 million pound price tag. The only worthy forward right now in Real Madrid is Karim Benzema and the former Lyon man might be on his way out.
Real Madrid still have that incomplete look that plagued them following the departures of Alonso and Di Maria last season. While they easily have one of the best assemblies of players in the world, they are still struggling to put together a team and that could be exposed by s few big clubs and it could lead to another collapse this season which could end up in the 10 time UEFA champions league winners being also-rans again.
A Very Solid defence
Three world class passers of the ball (Kroos, Modric and Isco)
Poor defensive organization
Limited options in attack
A Predictable style of play
La liga: 1st
UEFA Champions league: semifinals
Copa Del Rey: quarterfinal