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October 1, 2022

Real Madrid v Osasuna | Preview and Predictions

Real Madrid will look to stretch their perfect record in all competitions since the start of the season as they return to action against Osasuna in Matchday 7 of the La Liga.

Los Blancos has the upper hand in this upcoming fixture after dismantling their rivals Atletico Madrid in their previous match while the visitors suffered a 2-0 defeat to Getafe in their last league outing.

Preview

Carlo Ancelotti will have the talismanic Karim Benzema back on the squad list who is expected to start from the bench. The attacking trio of Fede Valverde, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo will look to continue their fine run of form after their exemplary outing in the Madrid Derby.

Real Madrid have scored at least two goals in each of their fixtures this season across all competitions and will look to continue their quintessential goalscoring form but at the same time, Real’s defensive vulnerabilities have been exposed owing them clean sheets in most of their wins.

Meanwhile, the visitors enjoyed an upright start to the season, sitting fifth in the league standings but the defeat to Getafe has left a bitter taste.

Despite their frailties in their last league fixture, they came back with a win, scoring two goals against Real Valladolid in a friendly match during the International Break.

Osasuna have managed to hold Real Madrid to two 0-0 draws in the last two seasons. But they have now gone 16 games without a win against the champions in all competitions since edging 1-0 in January 2011.

What to expect?

Real Madrid is expected to dominate possession as well as set the tempo of the game with the like of Toni Kroos starting. Luka Modric will be out of this match due to a muscle overload and Real’s sufferings are well known when the Croatian is absent. As Benzema is in contention to come on from the bench, the trio of Vini, Rodrygo and Valverde will need to establish a strong start in order to reduce the strain on the recovering Frenchman.

Osasuna have worked hard to sit fifth place and they always set up quite the force to destabilize the opponent’s midfield. Jagoba Arrasate will need to orchestrate his men to keep their cool after a hot-tempered clash against Getafe.

Prediction: REAL MADRID 2-0 OSASUNA

September 19, 2022

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Real Madrid | Player Ratings

Rodrygo Goes and Fede Valverde were on the scoresheet as Real Madrid stretched their winning run to nine consecutive games since the start of the season by dismantling Atletico Madrid in the Madrid Derby.

September 11, 2022

Real Madrid 4-1 RCD Mallorca | Match Report

Real Madrid continued their perfect start to the 2022/23 season after running riot against 13th placed Mallorca on Sunday in Matchday 5 of La Liga.

The current league and UCL champions were under pressure from Barcelona’s last night’s victory against lowly Cadiz and Karim Benzema’s absence from the squad for today. Despite getting 1-0 down in the first half, Ancelotti’s men packed a massive punch as they soared through Mallorca scoring incisively to make it a 4-1 rout.

Real dominated possession for most parts of the first half but were not clinical in their efforts which they later compensated for by conceding from an in-form Vedat Muriqi. Being unmarked, Muriqi rose above everyone defending and attacking a set-piece from Kang Lee before heading home his third goal in four matches.

Mallorca went a bit into their shell after scoring employing the tactic of ‘park the bus’ and allowed Real Madrid the ball with the chances.

It was not long before Los Blancos found the equaliser from a sensational goal from Fede Valverde in added time of the first half. The Uruguayan drove through with a phenomenal run after picking a pass from Dani Ceballos in his own half, covering most of the field and popping in an outrageous goal from just outside the box. Some may claim it to be a contender for the ‘Goal of the Season.’

A nervy came along for the home side in the 65th minute as Mallorca’s Clement Grenier dribbled exquisitely past Rudiger and Alaba, setting up an open scoring chance for Antonio Sanchez who pulled his shot wide.

Mallorca tried to hold a compact defence as they were content with a point but a moment of magic from Real’s starting Brazilian duo did the job in providing Los Blancos the lead for the first time during the afternoon. Rodrygo drove through the Mallorca defenders before passing the ball to Vini near the goal and the latter kept his cool and delicately shot the ball past the opposing goalkeeper Rajkovic.

From here on, it was all Real Madrid as they were the ones creating the chances and taking them. Real made it 3-1 in the 89th minute as Rodrygo dribbled past a weary Mallorca defence before sending the ball into the net and it was as easy as it was.

The insurance goal couldn’t quench Real’s hunger as they came haunting again from a Toni Kroos free-kick. New signing Antonio Rudiger got his first goal for the club as he thumped home the final one for Real Madrid just before the referee signalled the final whistle.

August 19, 2022

Ancelotti talks about Casemiro, signings and more

Ancelotti talks about Casemiro, signings and more

August 10, 2022

Real Madrid 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt | Player Ratings

Carlo Ancelotti named an unchanged lineup from Real Madrid’s UCL winning final against Liverpool. Los Blancos got a taste of some early season silverware as David Alaba and Karim Benzema were on point to give Real Madrid their 5th UEFA Super Cup. Here are my ratings from the game:

Thibaut Courtois(7/10): Made 3 crucial saves, one of which came early on in the game denying Daichi Kamada who could have started the scoring. Made a few claims settling the gameplay in Real Madrid’s favour

Ferland Mendy (7/10): Was nice and tight at the back with occasionally moving up the pitch. Attempted a few crosses which eventually found no one but accustomed well in distributing the ball from tight areas.

David Alaba (7.5/10): Scored the opener of the game by being present at the correct position at the right time. Was effective in defending and marking the likes of Kamada and N’dicka.

Eder Militão (7.5/10): Synced well with his defensive partner David Alaba. Was defensively sound and neutralised any imminent with ease apart from a few shaky moments in the early phase of the game.

Dani Carvajal (7/10): Went head-on with the Eintracht players and locked down his part of the flank well with Valverde. Won 2 of his attempted ground duels and was substituted off in the 85th minute.

Casemiro (8/10): Same as he plays round the year, he was a tank during the hours of this game. Kept the momentum going from the corner resulting in a goal and assisting Alaba. He neutralised any advances from the dangerous Kamada and his attacking compatriots. Tried a long-range shot but ultimately hit the woodwork.

Toni Kroos (7/10): Another usual day in the office for our German maestro who completed the most passes in the match (97). Had a pass success rate of 94% and dictated the tempo of the game. Found Benzema from a tight angle which could have been something by quickly accelerating and winning a lay ball. Substituted off in the 85th minute.

Luka Modric (6.5/10): Had a few shaky moments and also got dispossessed two times. Eintracht didn’t let him grow into the match further by tightly marking him. Not in his usual self, he was substituted off in the 65th minute making way for Rodrygo. Won 33% of his ground duels but ended his game with a 93% pass success rate.

Fede Valverde (7.5/10): It’s a myth that Valverde has only two lungs, he was literally present everywhere on the pitch, starting off as a RWB and then gradually locking down that entire wing. Made 6 recoveries and won 2 of his ground duels out of an attempted 4. Showed an exemplary display, cutting out opponent passing lanes and supporting the defence whenever Eintracht approached the final thirds of the pitch.

Vini Jr. (7.5/10): Missed a huge chance orchestrated by Benzema in the first half and got denied by a goal line clearance from Eintracht’s Tuta. Got dispossessed several times and was well covered by the opponent defenders. In the second half, he gradually brought himself into the game starting off with invoking a measured acceleration, ruining the Eintracht resistance and finding Benzema leading to the score getting 2-0. Was the most fouled player in the match (3), clearly showing the peril he causes to the opposition even when he doesn’t get everything right.

Karim Benzema (8.5/10): Helped in the link-up game from the midfield to the forward. Latched on Vini with a few incisive through balls tormenting the Eintracht defence. Scored from a powered yet calculated shot from a Vini pass from across the pitch and thus putting him up there on the scoresheet.

Substitutes

Rodrygo (5/10): Linked up well from the midfield acting as a ball carrier by latching himself onto a few through balls, brought pace to the game and won 3 of his attempted ground duels.

Eduardo Camavinga, Antonio Rudiger, Aurelien Tchouameni and Dani Ceballos are the players that came on late and couldn’t make a significant impact on the game.

July 9, 2022

Real Madrid to make a decision on loan returnees

We successfully completed one month without football and there’s still another to go. We take a look at the players who will be returning from their loan spells away from Real Madrid and what decisions the club holds for them.

May 30, 2022

Player Ratings: Liverpool 0-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid edge past Liverpool in the UCL Final as they bring the 14th Champions League home. Let us take a look at how the Real Madrid player ratings after the historic night in Paris.

May 21, 2022

3 Players Real Madrid will look out for in the summer

After missing out on Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid will certainly look to strengthen the squad in the upcoming summer transfer window with an enormous amount of resources.

May 18, 2022

Real Madrid and Cadiz share points in an intense match

It ended in a stalemate at the Nuevo Mirandilla as both Real Madrid and Cadiz remained unseparated in a passionate 1-1 draw. Relegation contenders Cadiz needed three points from this match to maintain their fate in their own hands on the final matchday but failed to do so.

May 8, 2022

Manchester City succumb to Real Madrid’s unpredictable destiny

They did it again. Yes; it did happen. This time it was Manchester City’s turn to feel futile in all their efforts. City were cruising – until they weren’t. Hit by a boulder that is Real Madrid in the Champions League.

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