Real Madrid start to wake up in this pre-season and they got the second victory of the summer (0-1) against Red Bull Salzburg thanks to a goal scored by Eden Hazard. Zinedine Zidane changed the formation and it worked during the first 45 minutes, although Los Blancos suffered a lot after the half-time. There are still many things to improve but it’s a start only 10 days before the kick-off in La Liga.
Zidane was able to count on Casemiro, a key piece in this team. The Brazilian started the first game of the summer together with Militao, who made his debut after the Copa America. The manager changed the formation with a line of 5 defenders, something that improved the defense and gave the opportunity to play at counter-attack.
In this way Los Blancos created many danger during the first half. Benzema and Hazard associated with their team mates very well and created many chances, but again there was a problem when finding the net. Only Hazard was able to score a goal, in the 19th minute, his first goal with a beautiful finish. The Belgian player should be the star of the team and Zizou is making all the efforts to find the best spot in the pitch for him.
After the first half, Zidane replaced Casemiro and Militao, and Nacho and Valverde came in on the pitch. But Real Madrid disappeared. Los Blancos didn’t counter attack so easily and were unable to leave their side of the pitch. RB Salzburg had the opportunity to draw the game, but this time the triumph travelled to Madrid.
There are only 10 days left until the start of the season and one friendly game left against Roma. The team is improving little by little, but not enough to be trustworthy at this time. Zizou is trying to find solution and the change of formation could be a good idea. However, new players are needed for the midfield, and they should be signed as soon as possible.