Monday,December 5,2022

A Season Review For Zidane’s Real Madrid Side, Who Look To Defend Their Champions League Title

Success brings in hope and expectations. Winners are not those who look back and boast of past glory. Instead, they are the ones who get sucked into the black hole of hunger. They keep on refining themselves till they are unable to find a single chink in their armour. Real Madrid is one such example of Champions sweating all out to sustain the pressure which comes from being the rulers of the world. 2016/17 season will judge Real Madrid’s potential to stay at the top for a long period.

Zidane’s fairytale run as a manager was unexpected and did good to Real Madrid’s history. After winning La Undecima and the Super Cup, he has, without a doubt, established himself as the man for job. But he still has a task cut out as he is entering his first full season for Real Madrid. Some players have come in and some have left. Zizou knows what he’s doing and he’s getting the full support of President Perez. Maybe, Pogba could’ve come in, maybe Andre Gomes. But Zizou has made sure that he doesn’t want the players “just for the sake of getting them.”

Now let us assess each division of the Real Madrid side.

Goalkeepers –

Let’s start from the back. Florentino Perez is always in the mood of flirting with David De Gea and, in my opinion, it’s stupidity. Keylor Navas was as instrumental as anyone in Real’s successful campaign last season. He is well supported by Kiko Casilla who showed the world that he is too is equally concrete between the sticks. So, until Navas completely recovers from his Achilles surgery, Casilla is the one who’ll don the gloves for Real. This duo is exactly the type of goalkeepers Real needed after the departure of San Iker. If everything goes smoothly and no background blunders take over like last season’s early Copa Del Rey exit, Kiko Casilla should get satisfactory minutes.

Defenders –

The back four looks quite settled and polished with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Pepe, the three captains, stamping their authority in the starting eleven with ease. Dani Carvajal has grown rapidly in the last three years and now he can be regarded as one of the best right-backs in the world, if not the best. Danilo will need to fight for his place. Zizou can use him wisely to give Carvajal his much-needed rests. Real can’t afford to lose Carvajal through injury. Right-backs won’t give much headache to Zidane. But, one major fault in Danilo which could affect Madrid is his defending. He didn’t give support to Real’d defence last season and he was at fault for many goals which Real conceded. So, when Zidane starts with Danilo, Lucas Vazquez should be his winger ahead of Danilo.

Lucas just keeps on running and is good defensively. Marcelo, like always will leave some space behind him while he goes on hunting in the left wing, terrorizing opposition defences. It won’t affect much if Casemiro starts and nullifies all the counter attacks against them. Nacho Fernandez and Raphael Varane are much more capable than just be rotational players and they will be used regularly by Zidane. Fabio Coentrao has returned from his loan spell and will be given the role to deputise Marcelo. But he won’t be available till November as he is recovering from the knee surgery.

Midfield –
The defence is not flawless but we have to accept the fact that this very defence won them the Champions League last season. Pepe and Ramos are only getting better and better. All the mess lie in the midfield. Real Madrid have got two of the best midfielders of the modern time in Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Toni Kroos, when in form, can supply superhuman long and through, vertical balls to the forward better than anyone in the game right now. And what should I write about the little Croatian. Magician starts with ‘M’ and so does Modric. He is the fulcrum of the team without whom the team is nonfunctional. His injury devastated Real’s 2014/15 season.
So, Kroos and Modric are guaranteed starters. The question is, who is the one who will support them and will be a regular starter? We, actually, don’t have a single definite answer to this question. It’ll always depend on the form of the Isco, James, Kovacic and Casemiro and Real’s opponents. Zidane wants James to stay but against attack-minded teams Casemiro will get the nod ahead of any star midfielder. Casemiro gives stability to the team and freedom to the two maestros with him–Kroos and Modric. Casemiro is the only natural CDM so he’ll need to be rested well. Even Kroos and Modric will need rest, too. This will allow rotations and Isco, Kovacic and James will get some minutes. But, James won’t be content with this secondary role. Kroos has played as a CDM before fans are Zidane would be reluctant to choose this policy. Having said that, this might be the final season for Isco and James to prove their worth and for that they need to start. Kovacic’s agent has let his client’s intention know
Kovacic’s agent has let his client’s intention known to the world and he won’t be leaving. There are a lot of permutations and combinations going on in the mind of Madrid fans and players and coaches but at the end of the day, Zidane’s the man and his say will be of utmost importance.
Forwards –
Not much has to be said about the trio named ‘BBC’. The highly acclaimed trio will be expected to get the goals for the team and if all three stay fit and healthy, it won’t be a task out of their hands/legs. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. The names are enough to give nightmares to even the best defenders.
But, saying that BBC is Real’s only hope in attack would be deceptive. Some really, really talented attackers are at helm of Zizou’s plans. Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Alvaro Morata are the three young Spanish forwards who’ll be busting up their balls to help the team. Jese has left and will be remembered by the Madrid faithfuls for what he did for the club. All in all, this attack is complete and on their day, no defence will be leak-proof enough to stop their wrath.
Conclusion –
This squad has all the ingredients to shower wins and trophies to the fans. The starting XI is stable, except 1 position that you know, and it’s the duty of the medical staffs to keep the superstars fit and geared up. Zidane’s gameplay involves counterattacks and quick passing in the final third.
If Real improve upon their away record from last season, they are very much favorites for the La Liga. Let’s wait and watch how Real Madrid go on in their quest to stay at the top for one more long season
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Success brings in hope and expectations. Winners are not those who look back and boast of past glory. Instead, they are the ones who get sucked into the black hole of hunger. They keep on refining themselves till they are unable to find a single chink in their armour. Real Madrid is one such example of Champions sweating all out to sustain the pressure which comes from being the rulers of the world. 2016/17 season will judge Real Madrid’s potential to stay at the top for a long period.

Zidane’s fairytale run as a manager was unexpected and did good to Real Madrid’s history. After winning La Undecima and the Super Cup, he has, without a doubt, established himself as the man for job. But he still has a task cut out as he is entering his first full season for Real Madrid. Some players have come in and some have left. Zizou knows what he’s doing and he’s getting the full support of President Perez. Maybe, Pogba could’ve come in, maybe Andre Gomes. But Zizou has made sure that he doesn’t want the players “just for the sake of getting them.”

Now let us assess each division of the Real Madrid side.

Goalkeepers –

Let’s start from the back. Florentino Perez is always in the mood of flirting with David De Gea and, in my opinion, it’s stupidity. Keylor Navas was as instrumental as anyone in Real’s successful campaign last season. He is well supported by Kiko Casilla who showed the world that he is too is equally concrete between the sticks. So, until Navas completely recovers from his Achilles surgery, Casilla is the one who’ll don the gloves for Real. This duo is exactly the type of goalkeepers Real needed after the departure of San Iker. If everything goes smoothly and no background blunders take over like last season’s early Copa Del Rey exit, Kiko Casilla should get satisfactory minutes.

Defenders –

The back four looks quite settled and polished with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Pepe, the three captains, stamping their authority in the starting eleven with ease. Dani Carvajal has grown rapidly in the last three years and now he can be regarded as one of the best right-backs in the world, if not the best. Danilo will need to fight for his place. Zizou can use him wisely to give Carvajal his much-needed rests. Real can’t afford to lose Carvajal through injury. Right-backs won’t give much headache to Zidane. But, one major fault in Danilo which could affect Madrid is his defending. He didn’t give support to Real’d defence last season and he was at fault for many goals which Real conceded. So, when Zidane starts with Danilo, Lucas Vazquez should be his winger ahead of Danilo.

Lucas just keeps on running and is good defensively. Marcelo, like always will leave some space behind him while he goes on hunting in the left wing, terrorizing opposition defences. It won’t affect much if Casemiro starts and nullifies all the counter attacks against them. Nacho Fernandez and Raphael Varane are much more capable than just be rotational players and they will be used regularly by Zidane. Fabio Coentrao has returned from his loan spell and will be given the role to deputise Marcelo. But he won’t be available till November as he is recovering from the knee surgery.

Midfield –
The defence is not flawless but we have to accept the fact that this very defence won them the Champions League last season. Pepe and Ramos are only getting better and better. All the mess lie in the midfield. Real Madrid have got two of the best midfielders of the modern time in Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Toni Kroos, when in form, can supply superhuman long and through, vertical balls to the forward better than anyone in the game right now. And what should I write about the little Croatian. Magician starts with ‘M’ and so does Modric. He is the fulcrum of the team without whom the team is nonfunctional. His injury devastated Real’s 2014/15 season.
So, Kroos and Modric are guaranteed starters. The question is, who is the one who will support them and will be a regular starter? We, actually, don’t have a single definite answer to this question. It’ll always depend on the form of the Isco, James, Kovacic and Casemiro and Real’s opponents. Zidane wants James to stay but against attack-minded teams Casemiro will get the nod ahead of any star midfielder. Casemiro gives stability to the team and freedom to the two maestros with him–Kroos and Modric. Casemiro is the only natural CDM so he’ll need to be rested well. Even Kroos and Modric will need rest, too. This will allow rotations and Isco, Kovacic and James will get some minutes. But, James won’t be content with this secondary role. Kroos has played as a CDM before fans are Zidane would be reluctant to choose this policy. Having said that, this might be the final season for Isco and James to prove their worth and for that they need to start. Kovacic’s agent has let his client’s intention know
Kovacic’s agent has let his client’s intention known to the world and he won’t be leaving. There are a lot of permutations and combinations going on in the mind of Madrid fans and players and coaches but at the end of the day, Zidane’s the man and his say will be of utmost importance.
Forwards –
Not much has to be said about the trio named ‘BBC’. The highly acclaimed trio will be expected to get the goals for the team and if all three stay fit and healthy, it won’t be a task out of their hands/legs. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. The names are enough to give nightmares to even the best defenders.
But, saying that BBC is Real’s only hope in attack would be deceptive. Some really, really talented attackers are at helm of Zizou’s plans. Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Alvaro Morata are the three young Spanish forwards who’ll be busting up their balls to help the team. Jese has left and will be remembered by the Madrid faithfuls for what he did for the club. All in all, this attack is complete and on their day, no defence will be leak-proof enough to stop their wrath.
Conclusion –
This squad has all the ingredients to shower wins and trophies to the fans. The starting XI is stable, except 1 position that you know, and it’s the duty of the medical staffs to keep the superstars fit and geared up. Zidane’s gameplay involves counterattacks and quick passing in the final third.
If Real improve upon their away record from last season, they are very much favorites for the La Liga. Let’s wait and watch how Real Madrid go on in their quest to stay at the top for one more long season

 

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Success brings in hope and expectations. Winners are not those who look back and boast of past glory. Instead, they are the ones who get sucked into the black hole of hunger. They keep on refining themselves till they are unable to find a single chink in their armour. Real Madrid is one such example of Champions sweating all out to sustain the pressure which comes from being the rulers of the world. 2016/17 season will judge Real Madrid’s potential to stay at the top for a long period.

Zidane’s fairytale run as a manager was unexpected and did good to Real Madrid’s history. After winning La Undecima and the Super Cup, he has, without a doubt, established himself as the man for job. But he still has a task cut out as he is entering his first full season for Real Madrid. Some players have come in and some have left. Zizou knows what he’s doing and he’s getting the full support of President Perez. Maybe, Pogba could’ve come in, maybe Andre Gomes. But Zizou has made sure that he doesn’t want the players “just for the sake of getting them.”

Now let us assess each division of the Real Madrid side.

Goalkeepers –

Let’s start from the back. Florentino Perez is always in the mood of flirting with David De Gea and, in my opinion, it’s stupidity. Keylor Navas was as instrumental as anyone in Real’s successful campaign last season. He is well supported by Kiko Casilla who showed the world that he is too is equally concrete between the sticks. So, until Navas completely recovers from his Achilles surgery, Casilla is the one who’ll don the gloves for Real. This duo is exactly the type of goalkeepers Real needed after the departure of San Iker. If everything goes smoothly and no background blunders take over like last season’s early Copa Del Rey exit, Kiko Casilla should get satisfactory minutes.

Defenders –

The back four looks quite settled and polished with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Pepe, the three captains, stamping their authority in the starting eleven with ease. Dani Carvajal has grown rapidly in the last three years and now he can be regarded as one of the best right-backs in the world, if not the best. Danilo will need to fight for his place. Zizou can use him wisely to give Carvajal his much-needed rests. Real can’t afford to lose Carvajal through injury. Right-backs won’t give much headache to Zidane. But, one major fault in Danilo which could affect Madrid is his defending. He didn’t give support to Real’d defence last season and he was at fault for many goals which Real conceded. So, when Zidane starts with Danilo, Lucas Vazquez should be his winger ahead of Danilo.

Lucas just keeps on running and is good defensively. Marcelo, like always will leave some space behind him while he goes on hunting in the left wing, terrorizing opposition defences. It won’t affect much if Casemiro starts and nullifies all the counter attacks against them. Nacho Fernandez and Raphael Varane are much more capable than just be rotational players and they will be used regularly by Zidane. Fabio Coentrao has returned from his loan spell and will be given the role to deputise Marcelo. But he won’t be available till November as he is recovering from the knee surgery.

Midfield –
The defence is not flawless but we have to accept the fact that this very defence won them the Champions League last season. Pepe and Ramos are only getting better and better. All the mess lie in the midfield. Real Madrid have got two of the best midfielders of the modern time in Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Toni Kroos, when in form, can supply superhuman long and through, vertical balls to the forward better than anyone in the game right now. And what should I write about the little Croatian. Magician starts with ‘M’ and so does Modric. He is the fulcrum of the team without whom the team is nonfunctional. His injury devastated Real’s 2014/15 season.
So, Kroos and Modric are guaranteed starters. The question is, who is the one who will support them and will be a regular starter? We, actually, don’t have a single definite answer to this question. It’ll always depend on the form of the Isco, James, Kovacic and Casemiro and Real’s opponents. Zidane wants James to stay but against attack-minded teams Casemiro will get the nod ahead of any star midfielder. Casemiro gives stability to the team and freedom to the two maestros with him–Kroos and Modric. Casemiro is the only natural CDM so he’ll need to be rested well. Even Kroos and Modric will need rest, too. This will allow rotations and Isco, Kovacic and James will get some minutes. But, James won’t be content with this secondary role. Kroos has played as a CDM before fans are Zidane would be reluctant to choose this policy. Having said that, this might be the final season for Isco and James to prove their worth and for that they need to start. Kovacic’s agent has let his client’s intention know
Kovacic’s agent has let his client’s intention known to the world and he won’t be leaving. There are a lot of permutations and combinations going on in the mind of Madrid fans and players and coaches but at the end of the day, Zidane’s the man and his say will be of utmost importance.
Forwards –
Not much has to be said about the trio named ‘BBC’. The highly acclaimed trio will be expected to get the goals for the team and if all three stay fit and healthy, it won’t be a task out of their hands/legs. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. The names are enough to give nightmares to even the best defenders.
But, saying that BBC is Real’s only hope in attack would be deceptive. Some really, really talented attackers are at helm of Zizou’s plans. Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Alvaro Morata are the three young Spanish forwards who’ll be busting up their balls to help the team. Jese has left and will be remembered by the Madrid faithfuls for what he did for the club. All in all, this attack is complete and on their day, no defence will be leak-proof enough to stop their wrath.
Conclusion –
This squad has all the ingredients to shower wins and trophies to the fans. The starting XI is stable, except 1 position that you know, and it’s the duty of the medical staffs to keep the superstars fit and geared up. Zidane’s gameplay involves counterattacks and quick passing in the final third.
If Real improve upon their away record from last season, they are very much favorites for the La Liga. Let’s wait and watch how Real Madrid go on in their quest to stay at the top for one more long season

 

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