Real Madrid took the field against Barcelona in Las Vegas this past Saturday, July 23rd for a pre-season “friendly” El Clásico. While the 1-0 result in favor of the Blaugrana may be disappointing to some Madridistas, it’s really important to remember that this is the first pre-season game for Los Blancos after having won their 14th UCL Champions league and 35th LaLiga title.

It’s also important to remember that the pre-season is used to get players back into competition rhythm before the start of the season and to experiment with lineups, analyze newly arrived players, and in some cases see which players will or should be on the chopping block during the transfer window.

For many Real Madrid fans and pundits, this 0-1 pre-season loss also served to drive home the point that Real Madrid needs to add depth to their attack because, without Karim Benzema, goals will be more difficult to come by and if the Frenchman gets injured or needs to be rotated, Mariano or Eden Hazard in a false 9 role will not cut it. In addition, a natural RW would also do wonders to give Rodrygo, who is truly better as an LW, some competition, since Marco Asensio’s inconsistency leaves Los Blancos lacking depth on the right flank as well.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for Real Madrid, although the self-hating, self-loathing, never-happy-with-anything Madridista types would like to say otherwise. This team is currently UCL and Spanish champions, sure we need to add a bit of depth, but there is plenty to be excited about and the season has yet to start.

In this episode, we discuss the pre-season game against Barcelona, the debuts of Rüdiger and Tchouameni, possible transfers, some Madridistas obsession with Barcelona’s transfer window, and more.

Real Madrid is back, which means Y Nada Mas is back, and football season is back!


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