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Real Madrid 2014/2015 season preview

Posted on August 21, 2014 by admin

Winning the Champions League may have come as no surprise behind the doors at Real Madrid, but there is every possibility that their 10th major European title may be the beginning of a new chapter for Los Blancos. Possessing arguably the strongest squad in world football provides Carlo Ancelotti to bring more success to the Santiago Bernabau, yet there are old scores to be settled during the upcoming season.

Watching arch city rivals Atletico Madrid lift the La Liga title was a bitter pill to swallow, with salt rubbed further into the wounds by Barcelona also finishing above Real Madrid in the table. Beating the Blaugrana in the Spanish Cup Final may have provided an element of revenge, but it was scant consolation for Real Madrid who uncharacteristically faltered at numerous points of the 2013/2014 season which proved costly. The arrival of world-class players may help Ancelotti to ensure the same mistakes do not happen again during a season in which Real Madrid could win no less than six trophies.

Transfers

Attracting the world’s best players has been a common feature for many years at Real Madrid where many generations of ‘Galaticos’ have dominated Spanish and European football. There was arguably no urgency for Ancelotti to upgrade from the class of 2013/2014, but as is always the case with Real, a multi-million pound signing is often on the agenda. Acquiring the best player at the 2014 World Cup was likely to make headlines, but the capture of James Rodriguez could provide Ancelotti with a problem. James represents excellent business from Real Madrid as one of the best young players in world football, yet it may result in the departure of a top quality attacking player to make room for the Colombia. Angel Di Maria could be sacrificed despite enjoying a wonderful season during the previous campaign, with Manchester United strong favourites to land the Argentina star.

Ancelotti also secured something of a coup with the signing of World Cup winner Toni Kroos who has developed into a top quality central midfielder. The transfer may have taken many by surprise as he played a pivotal role in Bayern Munich’s dominancy under Pep Guardiola, but the Bavarians chose to cash in on Kroos who had just one year left on his contract and could have left in 2015 for nothing. Both acquisitions may lead to an increase in punters backing Real Madrid to enjoy a trophy-laden season, with the extra injection of quality provide Los Blancos with the most expensive line-up in football history, but more importantly, one that could take on anyone.

La Liga

Real Madrid unquestionably have the considerable muscle and strength in depth to mount a serious challenge towards each of the six trophies they could potentially win at domestic level and in Europe, but wrestling back the La Liga title could be their main goal for the upcoming season. The title race has been dominated by Real Madrid and Barcelona for many years, but there have been the rare occasion when one of the dark horses have upset the odds and taken the trophy away from the big two. Last season was one of those occasions as Diego Simeone led Atletico Madrid to a wonderful season as Los Rojiblancos not only won the La Liga title, but also progressed to the Champions League Final where they lost at the hands of Real. Signing James and Kroos has added even more quality to a star-studded squad that have more than enough to knock Atletico off their perch, and are 10/11 favourites to do so in 2014/2015.

Champions League

History would suggest that Real Madrid have a chance of defending their Champions League crown as no less than 8 clubs, including Los Blancos, have managed this feat since the tournament was established in 1955, although the last time this happened was in 1989 and 1990 when a star-studded AC Milan team dominated Europe. Their battle will be made even harder by the quality which exudes from their main rivals, most notably Bayern Munich (4/1), Barcelona (5/1) and Chelsea (10/1) who have all the ingredients to win the 2014/2015 Champions League. Having the strongest squad in Europe does put Real Madrid at 7/2 favourites to retain the title, but the high volume of transfer activity should produce yet another high quality tournament that could be decided by a moment of brilliance or controversy.

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