Real Madrid have had neither the assets nor the need this summer season to make the glamorous signings for which they’re famend.
- Reuters MADRID
- Last Updated: September 10, 2020, 6:37 PM IST
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After successful final yr’s La Liga title with a relentless ultimate dash, Real Madrid are betting on virtually the identical group of gamers as they search to efficiently defend a home crown for the primary time since 2008.
With their funds squeezed by the COVID-19 pandemic and their squad already properly rounded, Real have had neither the assets nor the need this summer season to make the glamorous signings for which they’re famend.
The solely new addition to Zinedine Zidane’s squad appears to be Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, who returns after spending the previous few years on mortgage throughout Europe earlier than coming of age with a splendid marketing campaign in La Liga with Real Sociedad.
Odegaard provides but extra intelligence and sophistication to a midfield already overflowing with expertise and expertise and can assist ease the artistic burden on Toni Kroos, 30, and Luka Modric, who has simply turned 35.
Real even have an impressive defence, conceding solely 25 occasions final yr, and are properly coated in each place.
If there may be one space of concern for Zidane’s aspect it’s in assault, with an enormous hole current between Karim Benzema and his fellow forwards.
Benzema, who performed extra minutes than anybody within the group final season, was Real’s main scorer by a long way with 22 objectives, adopted by defender Sergio Ramos on 11.
Vinicius Jr. was the second prime scoring ahead with three objectives, whereas 60-million-euro ($71.06 million) striker Luka Jovic netted twice and injury-plagued Eden Hazard, who value over 100 million euros, scored as soon as.
Hazard has loads to do to justify his price ticket and is already dealing with criticism within the Spanish media as a result of his health ranges, whereas the exciting-yet-raw Vinicius badly wants to enhance his ending abilities.
Zidane, nevertheless, has at all times mentioned the truth that his group can discover objectives from all around the pitch is a advantage.
If he can maintain the bloody-minded willpower to win video games even with out enjoying properly which was on show so typically final time period, his aspect have a good chance of defending their title.
The state of Real’s rivals may even give them loads of causes to imagine.
Barcelona are nonetheless reeling from a dismal finale to the season and are in the course of a squad overhaul led by new coach Ronald Koeman, whereas Atletico Madrid and Sevilla nonetheless seem to lack what it takes to maintain a correct title bid.
Having watched in frustration as Barcelona have dominated La Liga for greater than a decade, Real might hardly ask for higher circumstances to begin constructing a home dynasty of their very own.