Real Madrid started the season in a terrible way. After Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure the team seemed lost. Besides, Julen Lopetegui’s decision didn’t help and Florentino Pérez had to sack him after El Clásico defeat. Solari’s change was positive but didn’t seem enough to reverse the situation. But we are now in February and Real Madrid are ready to fight again for the Champions League for the four straight year. Who can say now that Real Madrid are not favourites to win again the title?
Unfortunately, Real Madrid lost half of La Liga title in the first months of competition, but they are ready again to fight for the Champions League. On Wednesday, Los Blancos travel to Amsterdam to face Ajax, who lost against Heracles Almelo 1-0 in the Eredivisie. Real Madrid, on the other hand, beat Atlético Madrid brilliantly in the derby, overcoming the rival in the table.
We are again in February and team is favourite to beat Ajax. The history could be repeated. Last season, Los Blancos were lost and faced PSG, one of the best teams in Europe. However, Real Madrid beat 3-1 the Frenchteam at home and also in Paris, being on their way to the 13th European title. Now the face Ajax, an easiest team in their way to the quarter-finals.
Some months ago, Real Madrid were lost but Solari has changed everything. Lucas Vázquez and Vinicius Junior are a great couple to play in the wings. Gareth Bale seemed back to business scoring important goals in the minutes he has. Karim Benzema is better than even, playing for the team, creating chances and even scoring goals.
But the most important thing is that the team is playing as a team. They played two different games against two completely different rivals like FC Barcelona and Atlético Madrid. The derby was tough, even dirty by moments, but Los Blancos were able to fight and get their was of playing. Against FC Barcelona, they stole the possession and had the ball, creating many chances in the first half. This is a completely different team. Now they just need to play in the same way in Amsterdam.