Monday, 28 July 2014

Real Madrid: Time for more success?

Having won the UEFA Champions League and Spanish cup last season, Real Madrid will be looking to improve on where they left off in the league and in European competitions.

No team is perfect, and that's why manager Carlo Ancellotti has already made a bold statement by agreeing deals to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos and Monaco wonderkid James Rodriguez, who stole the show at this year's World Cup in Brazil.

In terms of quality, it is clearly obvious that Real have arguably the best squad in the world at the moment. Not only are they powerful and effective on the counter attack, but with the likes of young Frenchman Raphael Varane and Spanish centre-back Sergio Ramos in the centre of defence, it's very hard to get past them. 

And dating back to the power of the counter attack, Madrid are very powerful and fast on the break which makes them even stronger than their opponents. Anyone remember the match against Bayern in the Champions League earlier in the year?

If you haven't, or need something to jog your memory back to that comfortable rout - watch this:

Despite winning the Champions League, which is a huge feat in itself - Real will be disappointed that their rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid fought for the title until the last day while they had the trophy within their grasp but struggled towards the end of the season, despite many favouring them to win it all. 

Atletico won Liga BBVA in the end, and despite having sold many of their key players this summer - they are more likely to bounce back and challenge for the title again, which makes the league more interesting as a whole.

Real were focussed on winning the Champions League, which is perhaps part of the reason why their league form declined towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign, but their squad depth and quality will be tested to the limit in the upcoming season as they attempt to win the quadruple.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema. Who knows? 

Deadly partnership: Ronaldo and Bale gelled together perfectly in their first season together; 70 goals and 30 assists between them
Clinical finisher: Benzema is Real's top striker, and scored 24 goals last campaign
Rodriguez was the man of the tournament in the World Cup, and joined Real for £63million
Consistency is the key. 

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