We are now in the second international break during the season and it’s time to make a balance after the first two months of competitions. Real Madrid fans cannot be happy after the performances of the team but there is some shed of hope after the first 8 games in La Liga despite the bad results in the Champions League.
Pessimistic and optimistic people have reasons to defend their positions after the first two months of competition. Los Blancos are very inconsistent in their game and have suffered a very painful defeat against PSG in the Champions League, competition at risk after the first two matches. However, the team is also topping the table in La Liga and have visited some tough venues without a defeat.
Zinedine Zidane keeps making tests and there are some positive outcomes. Fede Valverde looks ready to start important games, whereas the attacking line with Hazard, Bale and Benzema start to look shape. Besides, Casemiro is stronger than ever, whereas Toni Kroos is better than last season and James Rodriguez is committed to the job. These are the reasons for the optimistic.
On the other side, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane continue making many mistakes in the defense line. The goalkeeper is not helping a lot -no matter if it’s Courtois or Areola-. Besides some players are still not showing a great shape. Marcelo, Isco, Vinicius… we expect more from them. The signings like Militao, Mendy or Jovic are not participating and the youngsters like Brahim or Rodrygo are not playing.
For all this reasons, if we take a look at the outrights of La Liga, Barcelona is still favourite to win the title. No matter Which Bookie you choose, Blaugranas are the favourite ones, while Real Madrid remain as the underdog in this race. Right now, bet365 is paying 1.72 for Barcelona to win the title for 2.50 for Real Madrid.
We can be certain that things might change after El Clásico. Real Madrid have to visit Mallorca and then Barcelona in the following weeks, together with the clash in Champions League against Galatasary. The outcome of these three trips will give us an idea of the real level of the team for the season.