Real Madrid have not spent a single penny in the summer but they may not feel the force because of their squad depth and quality.
All eyes will be on Real Madrid this season in La Liga after the side led by Zinedine Zidane mounted a run of 11 unbeaten matches in a row last season to seal their 34th championship over Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. However, everyone at the club would be looking to do better in the Champions League after successive eliminations in the round of 16.
On the day of Los Blancos’ coronation as league champions, Florentino Perez stated that no player will be signed in the summer to overcome the financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The president also said that he believes no player or staff should be forced into accepting a wage cut, only for the club to spend money on landing a superstar.
Despite loaning out or selling a number of players such as Achraf Hakimi, Borja Mayoral, James Rodriguez and Sergio Reguilon from the first team, as well as a handful of academy players, Perez lived by his word of not signing a single player. Even Gareth Bale was sent out on loan, but as stated, Los Merengues did not recruit anyone this summer to match a record of zero new arrivals, set exactly 40 years ago.
Andrey Lunin and Martin Odegaard did return from loan but the club anyway bore their wage expense in the past and had to bear no cost in order to sanction their returns, as was the case with Alvaro Odriozola, who spent the latter part of last season with Bayern Munich. However, Zidane’s side will not suffer much in spite of a barren run in the transfer market.
Real Madrid continue to possess incredible quality in their squad and in terms of goalkeepers, they have one of the world’s best in Thibaut Courtois and a rising star in Lunin. The former has proven his exploits over the years and continues to impress this season as well, whereas the Ukrainian shot-stopper has taken major strides in recent months while away on loan as well.
Los Blancos were the best defensive team in the division last year and so did not strengthen their backline at all. Raphael Varane continues to be world-class whereas Sergio Ramos has not shown signs of slowing down either despite being 34. As a matter of fact, the Spain international is even scoring crucial goals for the club, as he has done for so many years.
Ferland Mendy and Marcelo are two of the finest left-backs the club would have asked for and they are both ready to take shifts whilst playing. Each offering completely different dimensions, Zidane would be more than happy with his existing options. The same holds true with Dani Carvajal and Odriozola at right-back, with Lucas Vazquez capable of joining in too.
On the bench amongst the centre-backs, the French coach is able to call upon Eder Militao and Nacho. The Brazilian central defender is still young and is willing to be an understudy to his existing teammates, whereas Nacho has never created a fuss about his situation of being a second fiddle and performs whenever called upon in any role at the back.
Zidane’s midfield across may perhaps be the most sought-after and even from a couple of years ago and there have not been any additions that he has needed either. Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos all continue to play at the top of their games, while Federico Valverde, Martin Odegaard and Isco are all emerging and doing a superb job when called upon.
Perhaps it’s the attack which needs reinforcing with Kylian Mbappe, a lethal goal-scorer. However, it must be kept in mind that the Whites have some very good options upfront as well. Karim Benzema continues showing immense quality and is playing a starring role, while Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes have seen their image lift in the coach’s eyes.
Marco Asensio also made a strong return from injury last season and will be expected to score and assist a decent number this time out. Luka Jovic has ultimately stayed on after being linked with loan moves and may come across his last chances to deliver in a packed list of fixtures. But all eyes will be on Eden Hazard, who remains troubled by fitness worries and has scored just one since arriving in 2019.
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