A new challenge for Madrid’s golden generation

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The reinforcements of Tchouaméni and Rüdiger renew the blood of the champion, still supported by a refractory and winning old guard

The decline of the most successful generation at Real Madrid since the legendary white ballet of the 1950s never ends. Benzema, Modric, Kroos, Casemiro or Carvajal have a year left, although their performance after last season’s historic Champions League double leaves little room for doubt. They are a group of players with an immense competitive spirit, with experience to give away, unquestionable quality and a hunger for victory that has not died out despite the passing of the years and the accumulation of trophies in the showcases.

This second Real Madrid from Ancelotti has the soul of a champion, signs of identity that fit very well with the idiosyncrasy that traditionally prevails in Chamartín and also sporting arguments to continue to strive for everything. The old guard in midfield already has a bench to match, with Tchouaméni, Camavinga and Valverde as men of the future in the white engine room. The defense strengthens its alternatives with the arrival of Rüdiger and in goal the presence of the giant Courtois offers all the necessary guarantees for a team that aims to win all titles.

Only the attack front raises doubts. Obviously not because of option A, since a version of Benzema and Vinicius similar to last year offers advantages to dream of the highest goals, but because of the possibilities of replacing either in the absence. Hazard shows his best pre-season in white and a physical form that bears little resemblance to that of his previous summers in Chamartín.

The Belgian is looking for charm on his fourth attempt, trying to get closer to the version of the differential player he showed during his time at Chelsea. A priori, it will be fundamental in the future of Madrid’s season, as Ancelotti’s idea is that the ‘7’ is the alternative to Benzema. And it is that the French ‘9’ lacks any competence as a specific striker, because Mariano is far from convincing Carletto.

It is true that the goal drought that hit Madrid in the years immediately following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure seems to be a thing of the past. Benzema’s 44 goals in 46 games last season speak for themselves and, together with Vinicius’ exponential growth -22 goals and stardom – explain Madrid’s leap into a course that at first seemed like a transition, although it ended up being one of the best. that is reminded of the banks of the Castellana.

Thus, Ancelotti begins his second consecutive season on the white bench, the fourth in the total of his two stints at the Santiago Bernabéu, amid an almost idyllic scenario. The club is going through one of those wine and rose moments, after a summer when the situation was a real oil raft. Kylian Mbappe ultimately failed to arrive, but the blow was overshadowed by the club’s fourteenth Champions League, which was captured precisely in Paris a few days later.

In addition to the early signings of Rüdiger and Tchouaméni and the departures of captain Marcelo, Gareth Bale and Isco, players with almost residual roles in recent years and who closed their respective contracts at the end of last season, Madrid realized the desired departure of Luka Jovic to Fiorentina and has placed footballers who have returned after loan to whom he did not count, such as Kubo at Real Sociedad or Mayoral at Getafe. Asensio’s continuity was questionable, although the Balearics ultimately chose to hasten his contract and fight with the flourishing Valverde and Rodrygo for a place in Ancelotti’s eleven. Ceballos is in a similar situation.

Source: La Verdad

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