Highlights: Real Madrid 5-0 Betis, La Liga

IT ONLY COUNTS IF IT’S A GOLAZOOOOOOO!!!!

Los Merengues have been on fire in their first encounter in the Santiago Bernabeu. They scored 5 goals, one more beautiful as the other against Real Betis.

1-0 Gareth Bale (2.), 2-0 James Rodriguez (39.), 3-0 Karim Benzema (47.), 4-0 James Rodriguez (50.), 5-0 Gareth Bale (89.)

Keilor Navas defended a penalty.

Real Madrid started with: K. Navas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Danilo, R. Varane, L. Modric, G. Bale, T. Kroos, J. Rodríguez, Cristiano Ronaldo, K. Benzema

Isco came on in the 53rd minute for Karim Benzema, Casemiro in the 64th for Toni Kroos and Mateo Kovacic for Luca Modric in the 75th minute.

Only negative point is that Cristiano did not score again. Cristiano Ronaldo has had more shots without scoring than any other La Liga player this season (Lionel Messi 11).

Highlights Vaalerenga 0-0 Real Madrid, Friendly

Highlights Vaalerenga 0 0 Real Madrid

Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Benítez’s team was not able to find the net in their last two games. Today’s game in Oslo against Vålerenga ended goalless.

Cristiano and Karim Benzema were both given a rest back home in Spain. Jesé and Gareth Bale were responsible for the goals – they just couldn’t find the back of the net.

Young talent Martin Ødegaard played from the start in the position which usually James Rodriguez occupies.

Denis Cheryshev, Lucas Vázquez, Marco Asensio and Borja Mayoral all came on during the game.

Real Madrid: sell – buy – sell

During the last 8 years Real Madrid spent €51,2 million to contract players who have been Real Madrid players before!!!

This season only sums up to a staggering €14,5 million for players who have been already with Real Madrid before.

Of course such things do happen everywehre, but Real Madrid is somewhat special in this case. Sometimes we sell players just to buy them back one season later and to load them off one or two seasons afterwards.

2015-16

  • Kiko Casilla (Espanyol) – €6 million
  • Lucas Vázquez (Espanyol) – 1 million
  • Casemiro (Porto) – 7,5 million

2013-14

  • Daniel Carvajal (Bayer Leverkusen) – 6,5 million

2012-13

  • Diego López (Sevilla) – 3,5 million

2011-12

  • José Callejón (Espanyol) – 5 million

2009-10

  • Álvaro Negredo (Almería) – 5 million
  • Esteban Granero (Getafe) – 4 million
  • Álvaro Arbeloa (Liverpool) – 4 million

2008-09

  • Rubén de la Red (Getafe) – 4,7 million
  • Javi García (Osasuna) – 4 million

Real Madrid Transfer Update 08.06.15

Ok, so we sacked the coach who won “La Decima” for and with us and installed a new manager. A manager who has won just 2 minor titles (Chelsea: 2013 Europa League and SSC Napoli: 2014 Italian Cup) in the last 7 years – Rafael Benitez.

A coach who is famous for his sometimes overly defensive approach. I think we can all agree that we only can hope.

One hope is that Real Madrid will further strengthen its squad.

So far Real Madrid has signed Danilo and resigned Casemiro from FC Porto. Both Brazilian internationals will have to fight for a place in the starting XI.

Video: Best of Danilo 2014/15

Video: Best of Casemiro 2014/15

Further 19 years old offensive Marco Asensio joins Los Merengues from RCD Mallorca. Although an outstanding talent we don’t expect to see Asensio very often in a game of the senior team in the 2015/16 season.

Video: Best of Marco Ansensio

Last but not least there is left winger Denis Cheryshev whos loan spell at Villarreal CF is ending. Let’s see if the Russian comes back permanently or will go on loan again. Maybe he will substitute Chicarito Hernandez who will rejoin Manchester United after his loan ended.

Video: Best of Denis Cheryshev

Sami Khedira is said to be on the jump back to Bundesliga or Juventus Torino.

So far so bad – I can’t see how Real Madrid will do better next season with this coach and no outstanding additions to the squad (although Danilo and Casemiro will have some impact for sure).

Carlo Ancelotti stats

Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid, has done some great things for the club.

Sacking Carlo Ancelotti clearly does not fall into that category.

Carlos Ancelottis Win-Rate says everything:

Carlo Ancelotti Win-Rate

The three-times Champions League winner Ancelotti had his best performance with Real Madrid, winning 74% of all games played. Nevertheless he is not good enough for Florentino Pérez…..