What future is there for this Real Madrid?
- Updated: 25th September 2019
Zinedine Zidane once again took the job as manager of the club at the end of last season with the intent of returning the team to success, but will he be in conditions of doing it? For now, the first signs of the new season aren’t exciting at all…
What future is there for this Real Madrid? A convincing defeat in Paris
Real Madrid’s debut in the Champions League had good reasons to be a success, since Los Merengues would face a PSG with a lot of changes due to the offensive absences of Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Edinson Cavani.
Well, that didn’t happen, and Real Madrid lost by a clear scoreline of 3-0 at the Parc des Princes, on a result that could have even been more unbalanced according to the opportunities created by the Parisians.
Angel Di Maria, Pablo Sarabia and Mauro Icardi formed a deadly attacking trio on a clear demonstration of the great value of the roster of the team led by Thomas Tuchel.
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But if the roster of the French seems to give insurances, the same can’t be said about the Spaniards, taking into consideration that the absences of Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric and Marco Asensio seem to be more felt than what would be expectable.
Ramos and Nacho should return because they were only serving a suspension, but the absences of creatives such as Marcelo or Modric seems to have taken away some ideas from Zidane’s team, as well as some criteria in their passing since one of the problems of the match in Paris was the excessive loss of possession in the midfield that would originate several lethal counterattacks.
The season is still only in the beginning, but the alarms have already sounded in Madrid in a symptomatic way.
The team is perfectly inserted on the group of teams with title ambitions in La Liga, having 8 points conquered after 4 rounds. However, what is more worrying is their inconsistent performances.
Real Madrid actually had some periods of very interesting quality of play, but then they are capable of in the same match decreasing so much in terms of production that they jeopardize victories that were seemingly very safe.
A lot of room for improvement
With the La Liga just kicking off – Real Madrid priced at 2.80 on the bookmakers like 1xbet to win the competition – and nothing yet compromised, the merengue side is expected to be able to grow throughout the season.
New players like Eden Hazarad, Éder Militão or Luka Jovic are still looking to adapt and find space at the club, but it will be essential that they are able to do it in a more relaxed way, without too much pressure, and it will be fundamental that the more experienced players of the club give good signs on the pitch.
I’m talking about players such as Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric or even the long-lost Gareth Bale.
The individual quality of Real Madrid’s roster leaves no margin for doubts, with the youngsters Rodrygo or Vinicius Junior also being able to be engines of versatility in several periods of the season, but before all that, it will be decisive that Zidane finds a good tactical system, stabilizes it and that way allow the collective to develop in a better way.
The group in the Champions League allows them to relax
Despite the heavy loss in Paris, Real Madrid know that they don’t have their qualification to the 8th finals of the Champions League at risk, because it turns out that they are inserted on a Group A that, besides PSG, has two perfectly accessible teams: Galatasaray and Club Brugge.
In a certain way, an early elimination from Real Madrid on a group of this dimension would be such a fiasco that could even jeopardize Zinedine Zidane’s spot as club’s manager.
It is still very early to think about winners in this competition, but for now, the markets gave a clear sign of distrust towards the club with the most titles in the history of the competition.
On the other side, the loss in Paris might prevent the merengue side to win the Group A, and therefore, they can face problems on a more advanced stage of the tournament, because the possibility of facing other giants sooner will increase.
Assuming that the two favourites of the group won’t drop points against the other two teams, that will force Real Madrid to batter PSG at the Santiago Bernabéu if they want to win this group…