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Can Real Madrid reclaim their La Liga crown from Barcelona?

Posted on July 13, 2016 by admin

Zinedine Zidane will hope that his Real Madrid stars return back from international duty for their respective countries at Euro 2016 and the Copa America fit and raring to go ahead of the new La Liga season. Many players, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, showed the football world just how good they are with performances and goals which lit the tournament up, with Ronaldo and Pepe reporting back to the Bernabeau with yet another winner’s medal following Portugal’s victory against France at the Stade de France.

Maintaining the winning mentality will prove to be Zidane’s greatest challenge as a football manager to date, with the club legend likely to value dethroning arch rivals Barcelona in La Liga and defending their Champions League crown as number one priorities. Achieving the latter of the two would not only extend Real Madrid’s proud record of trophies to twelve, but would also mean Los Blancos would become the first team since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990 to win back-to-back trophies. The wealth of quality at Zidane’s disposal is unquestionably why Coral have installed Real Madrid amongst the strong favourites to win La Liga and the Champions League in the latest football betting odds, but the manager will know that his team will be expected to deliver on both fronts in keeping with the club’s rich pedigree for success.

Real Madrid will keep everything crossed that the injury picked up by Ronaldo in the Euro 2016 Final is not worse than first feared, with the superstar reportedly sustaining a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament that could keep him out of action for around four to five months. Losing Ronaldo could prove to be a huge blow, but although there is plenty of quality in the team to soldier on without him, not having a player who has scored over fifty goals in six consecutive seasons leaves a void that nobody in world football can fill.

Ronaldo will return to the Bernabau as a winner, but sadly has to miss the opening months of the season which could leave Zidane with a problem; getting off to a strong start is imperative in La Liga and the Champions League, and although Ronaldo could come back firing on all cylinders in the latter stages, his team-mates will have to put in the ground work to ensure Real Madrid are in contention in both competitions. Triumphing in Europe may prove to be even harder, with the latest rumours on Coral’s website suggesting that teams across England, Italy and Germany will look to spend big in order to dethrone Real Madrid and claim the Champions League crown for themselves. Paul Pogba’s potential move to Manchester United may actually benefit Real Madrid, despite being unable to justify the financial hit to bring the Frenchman to the Bernabau, as it would leave Juventus without a player they depend on to reach the latter stages.

While the club may have been sensible in backing away from a deal to sign Pogba for economic reasons, it does not mean to say that Real Madrid do not have many irons in the fire elsewhere. Activating the buy-back clause to bring Alvaro Morata back to Spain should provide Zidane with even more firepower to utilise, but although there are suggestions that the club may choose to sell him on this summer for a significant profit, the striker proved the quality he has at Euro 2016 as one of only a few Spanish players who performed for the national team.

Ronaldo’s injury may open the door for Morata to prove he is worthy of a place at Real Madrid, but with the likes of Andre Gomes, Ricardo Rodriguez and N’Golo Kante also linked with a move to the club, the 23-year-old may not be the only one to arrive through the doors

at the Bernabau. It would come as no surprise to fans if Real Madrid manage to pull off a marquee signing, and although the excessive asking price and wage demands for Pogba proved to be too much, bringing in one, or more, of the aforementioned players would represent great business for a club that wants to wrestle back the La Liga title from Barcelona.

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