Despite some problems that are still often mentioned, for example the lack of a number one striker, Real Madrid are having a great season. Carlo Ancelotti is struggling with a high number of injured players, which is also a bit wider after the national break, but so far he has managed to manage these inconveniences.
From the start of the season, it was clear that Real Madrid are used to having at least one player in the team who takes the ending. In previous years, that player was Karim Benzema and before him Cristiano Ronaldo.
There were often games in which the White Ballet won by just a goal. The game without a typical striker was most evident in the Champions League against Union Berlin, when Madrid conquered the German defence for 90 minutes until Jude Bellingam finally made the decisive breakthrough.
Although the games ended in close results, Real Madrid managed to win and the English summer signing got the most credit for that. The skilful midfielder made a good start to his new engagement and practically single-handedly decided his new team’s matches.
A slap from Atlético Madrid
Real Madrid faced their city rival, Atlético Madrid, at the end of September. Ancelotti opted for a formation with 5 midfielders on the pitch and this move did not prove to be a good one. Diego Simeone’s charges were more lively in the match and although the White Ballet had a numerical advantage in the centre of midfield, they couldn’t capitalise on it. Atlético pounced on their city rivals from the opening minutes and were suddenly two goals up.
Although Real Madrid managed to reduce the deficit thanks to Toni Kroos, it wasn’t enough to get the points. It was after this match that a big wave of criticism was levelled at the team from the Spanish capital, mainly because of the style of play, which really wasn’t good. The criticism did not pass without Bellingham, for whom this was the only game this season in which he seemed to disappear from the pitch.
The season of Real Madrid in numbers
Real Madrid seemed to get a kick out of the loss to Atlético and the game has been completely different since then. The games are attractive and the whole team has been putting in very decent performances in most of them. Anyway, this season, the White Ballet have played 19 matches through all competitions. The statistics are great though, 16 wins, 2 draws and only one loss. Especially worth mentioning is the El Clásico turned around on Barcelona’s soil.
During these 19 matches, Real Madrid has scored 44 goals and only conceded 16 times. We can talk about what the number of goals scored would have been if the number one goalkeeper Thibault Courtois had not been injured right at the beginning of the season. The Belgian is, after all, a different performance group than Kepa.
So it can’t surprise anyone that with these great stats, Real Madrid are leading the Spanish La Liga ahead of the surprise of the season, Girona. Atlético Madrid are breathing down the backs of this duo, who are 4 points behind the White Ballet, but have one game less, so if they win, the loss will be just a point.
Real Madrid are also top of the table in the Champions League regular season group, having beaten Napoli in the week to secure top spot. In the Champions League, the White Ballet have not lost a point yet this season. If the momentum continues, it is shaping up to be another spectacular season at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Source: Real Madrid, UEFA, La Liga
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