Real Madrid lost in Mallorca the last link that allowed their fans have reason to believe that this year can fight for Laliga after two ruinous past seasons. The undefeated that the whites maintained vanished on the island and, in passing, granted the leadership to a Barcelona that seems to have awakened from its lethargy.
Son Moix’s party comes to reflect a faltering start to the campaign that was blurred by that unbeatable that no longer has and that brings up various concerns in the heart of Madrid. Concerns, in some cases, with difficult solution.
The first big white problem. It remains unsolved more than a year after the departure of Cristiano. They are just 18 goals in 11 games . Few for a team of the whites entity. Only Benzema gives the size and is not enough. Bale, possibly the one with the most goal of the team, goes to his own and hardly contributes. With Hazard, without being a great scorer, it was expected that with him there would be more goals, at least for those he makes. Jovic, the 9 who came to fight with Benzema, has not even released.
Madrid have 11 games played this season and have only achieved five victories . Not half. He has not won more than two games in a row and accumulates a single victory in the last four games. In the Champions League he still doesn’t know the victory after two games. It is not a reliable team.
A goalkeeper in the spotlight
Courtois has become the center of all eyes. The best goalkeeper of the last World Cup does not stop with the shield of Real Madrid and at the Bernabéu they have already taken the license plate, with whistles towards him and applause for Areola .. He has conceded nine goals in the last 14 shots. They have thrown him 24 times and 12, exactly half, have finished in goal.
In Son Moix history was repeated again. Madrid does not face the start of the matches well, in which it receives many goals . Lack of intensity is denoted. Villarreal, PSG, Bruges, Mallorca … are a third of the games so far this season. It is an issue that has not been resolved since the start of the preseason, as demonstrated in games like the famous 7-3 against Atlético.
Up to a total of 22 so far this season of 16 different players . Too many to be in mid-October. The vast majority of muscles, which suggests that there is a serious problem to solve and that it is not only due to bad luck. And Casemiro has not yet fallen, who plays everything and does not have a real replacement in the squad.
Center of the field with pins
If the center of the field is the area where the matches begin to win, Real Madrid has a serious problem. First, because he barely has players on that plot . Second, because those who must sustain it ( Kroos and Modric) seem to have already given their best . Isco gives the feeling that he is also in that bag. James, who puts a lot of will, does not finish having regularity in his game. And so, it all comes down to Casemiro, who will end up exploding because he plays everything, and Valverde, a fruit still ripe.
The signings do not explode
More than 300 million left Madrid last summer and of the new ones there is not one that has made a real quality leap to the team. Hazard is far from his best version , Mendy spends more time injured than playing, Jovic is completely lost, Rodrygo is barely given opportunities … Militao left many doubts before the PSG, although he has left well stopped in his last two games. Even so, he is not seen to take the place of Varane or Ramos.
Lack of Zidane resources
The team is seen so little worked that it even shows in the kick-offs, where they still do not seem to have realized that the ball can be touched inside the area. The coach is not able to change the matches . Beyond the rotations (forced or not), it barely offers solutions throughout an encounter. The changes are very predictable and hardly make tactical modifications with the initial beep. An example: in Son Moix he was able to change the band to Vinícius to face Sastre, who had a card and which his coach had gone to the left to precisely avoid the Brazilian.
The Bernabéu is not a fort
There is no comfortable match in the white colosseum. It seems that any team can win in Madrid’s feud . Valladolid took a draw, Bruges was about to win and Levante and Granada almost raised 3-0. You breathe uneasiness in the stands.
Barça is already starting to take off
To all the white problems an external element comes that comes from the City. Barcelona, which started the championship asleep, begins to carbure, to catch cruising speed. So much that the leadership has already been taken away. If there was already the feeling that the Catalans have a better squad, now that they are leaders, they leave a feeling of worrying discouragement.