So it's a new season and a new look Madrid. Last year they suffered disappointment in their two most desired tournaments, La Liga and the Champions League. They will want to overtake their biggest rivals, Barcelona, and win the league as well as other accolades but, can this team go on to be successful this year?
New man on the block:
The world's most expensive players is the €100 million Welshman Gareth Bale. After a summer filled with speculation and negotiations, Bale finally transferred on the penultimate day of the transfer window. Despite having no pre-season with Tottenham, Bale has already begun to settle in to life well at Madrid, scoring a fine goal on his debut against Villareal. What Madrid need now is for Bale to become fully match fit and reach the form he had at the end of last season where he was scoring goals for fun. The pressure of being Madrid's latest 'Galactico,' especially one that is more expensive than Cristiano Ronaldo, is going to be immense, but if Bale can overcome it, he can propel Madrid to title after title in the next five years.
New look midfield:
As well as Bale, Madrid's other major signing of the summer window was the Spain u21 international Isco. So far, Isco has proved to be one of the best signings of the window, bagging an encouraging four goals in five games. He adds a new dimension to Madrid's midfield that they have perhaps been lacking in the last few years. While Mesut Ozil provided an incredible number of assists, Isco adds goals to his creativity, which will reduce the pressure from the likes of Ronaldo to score all the goals for his team. Still at the young age of 21, Isco could potentially go on to become one of the Real Madrid greats.
Gareth Bale has already gone out his way to try to appease the big man at Real Madrid by stating that Ronaldo is 'the boss.' This shows one thing above anything else, that even though Ronaldo is no longer the Madrid's most expensive signing, he is still their most important and best player. For the last few years, Ronaldo has practically carried this Madrid team on his own with a stunning 206 goals in 204 games. He has bared the enormous pressure of being the main man at one of the world's biggest clubs and has performed admirably. Hopefully the introduction of Bale and Isco can help to reduce the goal scoring pressure on Ronaldo but even the new boy seems to recognize the fact that, if Madrid want to do well this season, they need a happy, free-scoring Ronaldo who is still very much the main man at the Bernabeu.
So in summary, Real Madrid have arguably the best midfield in the world on paper. The summer purchases of Isco and Bale have added a new dimension of creativity coupled with power and pace. However, despite the tens of millions of pounds that have been spent, Ronaldo still holds the key to Madrid's success. If Ancelotti can get that midfield trio to play well together, then there may be no stopping Madrid this season.
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