Real Madrid have started the season with a victory away at Balaídos and a disappointing draw against Valladolid on Saturday evening. Before the international break, Los Blancos have to play at La Cerámica against Villarreal, always a tough opponent. We can go to the break with 7 points, a good amount of points, but there are still many doubts in the team.
It looks like Karim Benzema is the only one able to score goals in this team, and this is dangerous. Last season Los Blancos had many dependency from the Frenchman, and no one else in the team was able to score frequently. Jovic, Hazard, Bale or James Rodríguez should be able to add some nets, but so far Benzema is the only reliable one.
In these first two games, we saw nothing from the new signings. Eden Hazard suffered an inconvenient injury just before the game against Celta de Vigo, whereas Mendy is also ko for muscular problems. Militao has to wait on the bench because Varane and Ramos are the owners of the defence, whereas Jovic has showed little in the minutes he has enjoyed.
Seems that Zidane is not very happy with the young players. Kubo was given on loan to Mallorca, whereas Rodrygo has to wait his opportunity with Castilla and seems very unlikely to see him with the first squad. Supporters are more concern about Vinicius situation. The Brazilians looks less fresh than the past season and doesn’t count with Zidane’s trust so far. This should change.
After the terrible season we saw last year, there were many players that needed to step forward. Isco was one of the footballers to blame, but his performance was also terrible on Saturday. Marcelo or Kroos seem better than last season, but we need more time to judge. Also Gareth Bale should come up with the leadership we are still waiting.
Zidane looks a bit lost. He’s making strange decisions during the summer and he’s still unable to display a good performance with the team. He spoke about a renovation in the team, but Real Madrid ended up playing on Saturday with the same players as four seasons ago, with Ancelotti, with the exception of the goalkeeper. What are his plans?