Real Madrid season so far is nothing but a story of a horse, who somehow find a way to come first but was not satisfied with it, and then find a way to come lower in the ranks and now is wondering where have I gone wrong?. Los Blancos for all the last season looked like a team who could have won Treble at one point.
They were leading the league table and were already in the semi-final of Champions league 4th season running, and already clinched the Copa del Rey title as well.
It looked all likely that Ancellotti’s men will be able to win an unprecedented treble, but they had to content with two trophies after a list of injuries haunt their season somewhat.
Even then, the much-awaited La Decima was an icing on the cake for Ancellotti’s men last season.
However, this season Madrid’s hierarchy somehow found a way to unsettle the squad and so far have already lost the Spanish super cup, along with first two league games as well.
Having dominated the whole of last season, the real question is what went wrong for the 10-times European Champion?
To begin with, first and foremost, Madrid set their priority completely wrong compared to last season.
Their problem last season was their defensive line, as it is hard to trust Pepe, while Varane had some fitness issue to deal with.
One good center back would have helped Madrid in strengthening their defense & a player like Hummels would be an ideal fit for the team alongside club captain Sergio Ramos, and it would have been one of the best center-back partnership in the world, but Madrid seemingly missed the bus.
The other issue was in the midfield, where Los Blancos had issues last season with Luka Modrid injuries, where they had to rely heavily on ageing Xabi Alonso.
However, Ancellotti find perfect player to add to that bunch in Germany’s Toni Kroos, but with his arrival, Madrid hierarchy let Alonso leave, which weakend the midfield once again.
With Xabi leaving immediately, it didn’t give Kroos much needed time to settle in quickly.
Another blunder that Madrid made was signing Jamas Rodriguez at the cost of Los Blancos player of the last season Angel Di Maria.
Rodriguez was undoubtedly the player who took all the lime light in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup, but was he the only man Madrid needed? The answer is clearly no.
The former AS Monaco striker is an amazing kid to have around, but is he the right man to replace the likes of settled Di Maria? The answer is once again no.
He needed time to develop into a player on which Madrid can depend on so that he can develop into a product who can perform under an immense pressure of playing at the Bernabue.
Di Maria, on the other hand, was the spark that took Real Madrid back to the days of glory with a double in the last season. He was the player of the season for the Los Blanco’s beyond any doubt.
Letting him go, as in the case of letting Xabi go after signing Kroos, again took away the chance for Rodriguez to settle into this squad, & might prove a problem in the time to come for Ancellotti.
Real Madrid lost the initiative they had over their rivals last season with flaws in their system of transfer policy which cannot be over looked and they would do really well in overcoming their flaws and reach any way near the same heights where they were last season.