Defensive Strength, the Key to Succeed

Defensive Strength, the Key to Succeed


After the terrible defeat against PSG (3-0) at Champions League, everybody was very pessimistic about the future of Real Madrid. However, in the last three games, Zinedine Zidane has been able to make a consistent team and avoid conceding goals, something that looked impossible only some weeks ago. Now the team is ready for the next challenges.

Los Blancos conceded 9 goals in the first five games of the season, being this the main problem of the squad. Even against Levante, Real Madrid were about to lose two points despite leading the game for three goals. They weren’t able to control the games, but this has changed in the last matches. Los Blancos are still not brilliant enough to lead the clashes and they are not playing as good as we want, but they are showing some consistency, something difficult to imagine some weeks ago.

The key thing for this consistency is the midfield formed by Casemiro and Toni Kroos. The Brazilian has no replacement in this squad and he is showing a great level. When he is not in the pitch -Zidane game him some rest against Levante- the team suffered and almost lost points.

The other positive point is Toni Kroos. The German midfielder was heavily criticized last season because he was very slow, and he’s the engine of the team. However, in the last games he’s improving and showing more pace and speed. This is also helped by James Rodríguez, whose movements are faster than the ones showed by Luka Modric. However, the team still misses the Croatian brain, and the clarity in the offensive part is still low.

Now Los Blancos have an easy calendar to move pieces and gain confidence before El Clásico at Camp Nou on the 26th of October. Real Madrid host Brugge in the Champions League and Granada in La Liga this week, whereas they travel to Mallorca after the international break. Three victories are expected during this time to arrive leaders to El Clásico and full of confidence, something lacking in the last months.