- 1 Real Madrid Season Review 2014/15
- 2 Real Madrid Season Review 2014/15 : Can They Make a Comeback?
European and Spanish Giants Real Madrid encountered a disappointing 2014-15 season getting eliminated in the semi-finals of the Champions League and finishing second behind their arch-rivals Barcelona in the La liga and also failed to retain the Copa Del Rey trophy.
After having a perfect first phase of the season, winning 22 matches in a row, they bite the dust in the beginning of this year. From that point of time they never fully recovered, things go from bad to worse.
Real Madrid Season Review 2014/15
Their season conclusion came in an unfortunate manner in the form of their manager Carlo Ancelotti getting the axe. But the Galacticos owner insists on the fact that they will come back hard next season and made clear in his statement to the press this week that the La Decima winners will rule again. Here is the Real Madrid Season Review 2014/15.
Reason Of Disaster Season
Though Real recruited some world class talents this season in the form of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos. But they did make some blunders regarding the players that they released in this season.
Xabi Alonso: Probably Real’s biggest blunder this season was to let this Spanish midfielder leave. They did manage to bring in a worldclass potential and world cup winner in Toni Kroos , but missed out on a lot of experience and big match temperament. Xabi Alonso was a complete midfielder which every team dreams of having at their ranks. This long balls, immaculate set pieces and tactical defending covering the centre backs was a major reason that Real managed to have an outstanding season the previous year.
Angel Di Maria: The Argentine played the best football of his life last season in that prestigious white Real shirt recording the highest number of assists in their domestic competition. Not only that, his magical performance earned him the man of the match trophy in the Champions League final. Selling him this summer to the Red Devils surprised football fans all over the world.
Absence of Modric
The absence of Luka Modric throughout a major portion of the season who is a tactical genius in the middle of the park proved to be quite fatal for Real. Modric, whose lovely dribbling ability, immense ball control and wonderful set pieces are just a treat to watch were not on view this season owing to his injury and with Xabi Alonso going to Bayern Munchen, Modric’s absence was widely felt by the Galacticos.
Relatively Weak Bench( Absence Of Quality In the bench)
One of the main reason behind Real Madrid’s disaster season. Carlo Ancelotti rotate his squad around 13 players in the whole season. As a result in the second phase of the season most of the important players missed the important games due to injury. Apart from the rotation issue, Madrid lacked quality in the bench, maybe the main reason why Carlo went for same squad most of the time.
Real Madrid Season Review 2014/15 : Can They Make a Comeback?
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Possible way to comeback
New Players in Transfers
At this Los Blancos need to strengthen their side by adding some new blood in the squad. They already called Casemiro, who has in loan to Porto and signed Danilo from the same team. Lucas Vazquez also rejoins Real Madrid after one year loan spell from Espanyol.
With Khedira making his transfer to Juventus Real must look to by a holding midfielder who could be the backup to Kroos and Modric. Someone of the calibre of Paul Pogba or Marco Verratti or Vidal would be a major boost.
Also Real must look to sign a forward who could be clinical as far converting goal scoring chances are concerned with Karim Benzema proving to be a hit and miss or in other words inconsistent for them throughout his Real Madrid career.
One transfer that almost looks certain to happen is that of David de gea from Manchester United with the evergreen Iker Casillas almost conforming his departure.
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Under Ancelotti they played in 4-3-3 formation, more passing games with more possession. But the squad they have it is ideal for 4-2-3-1 formation, where counter will be more frequent. When a team have players like Cristiano, Bale, James, Benzema; counter attack is always effective weapon. News is coming from Spain capital, that Rafael Benítez will play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Cristiano in front player and Bale in the left and James Rodríguez in the right wing.
Better Performance against Top 5 in La Liga
In last two years under Ancelotti their performance against top 5 in the league is very poor compare to their standard, which cost them two La Liga back to back. Under new manager they need to focus on those areas.
Due to periodic injury of Ramos, Varane and Pepe, they miss stability in central defense. As a result, they concede more goals and their organization has been very poor to defend in dead ball situations. They need more stable and compact defense in next season to be in the trophy hunt.
Barca’s domination could be the much needed motivation
With a new manager in Rafael Benitez who just finished his stint with Napoli and who himself is a Champions League and Europa League winner with Liverpool and Chelsea respectively Real will be looking forward to the next season with a view of getting their hands back amonst the big trophies. And more so because of the fact that the Catalans had dominated this season winning the treble in the most convincing manner.
Fiorentino Perez sounded more than confident in his latest interaction with the press and assured the Galacticos fans that things will be fantastic again as far the prestigious trophy cabinet of Real is concerned. But the way Barcelona is playing, it will not be an easy task for Whites. Can they bounce back? Only time has the answer.