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.
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).
Real Madrid left themselves some work to do in their UEFA Champions League semifinal with Juventus Torino after falling 2-1 in the first leg as you can see in our highlights video above.
Real Coach Carlo Ancelotti once again went with Sergio Ramos alongside Toni Kroos in central midfield in Turin, but this time it didn’t come off and one might wonder why Lucas Silva and Asier Illarramendi never get a chance.
At least Cristiano Ronaldos goal, which could well be a goalden goal in the end, maintained Real Madrid’s hopes of progressing to the final in Berlin alive and kicking. To return this result over “the Bernabeu hast tor roar and we have to go for a kill” as James Rodriguez said in an interview post match.
Italian champions Juventus host Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final. Juve is looking to reach their first final since 2003 while Real Madrid tries to become the first team with back to back titles!
Match: Juventus Torino v Real Madrid
Date: 5. May 2015
Venue: Juventus Stadium
Referee: Martin Atkinson (UK)
Juve scecured its fourth straight Scudetto last weekend and will be full of confidence when hosting the Merengues.
Massimiliano Allegris team overcome AS Monaco with a single goal. The old lady won at Juventus Stadium 1 – 0. In Monaco they reduced their efforts to defend a goalless draw.
The Italian side will build on its fantastic home form. They are unbeaten in 12 home matches in all UEFA competitions.
The hosts will be without midfielder Paul Pogba, who has been sidelined since March with a hamstring injury.
Last matches Juventus:
Sat 18/04/15 SEA Juventus 2 – 0 Lazio
Wed 22/04/15 UCL Monaco 0 – 0 Juventus
Sun 26/04/15 SEA Torino 2 – 1 Juventus
Wed 29/04/15 SEA Juventus 3 – 2 Fiorentina
Sat 02/05/15 SEA Sampdoria 0 – 1 Juventus
Real Madrid facts:
Iker Casillas & Co. have not conceded an away goal in 444 minutes in this season’s UEFA Champions League.
Los Merengues have won 8 of their last 11 away games in the competition. During the group stage Real has won all three away matches.
Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Fabio Coentrão and world champion Toni Kroos will incur a suspension with their next booking.
Brazilian full back Marcelo makes his return, after serving a one-match ban against Atletico Madrid.
Last matches Real Madrid:
Sat 18/04/15 PRD Real Madrid 3 – 1 Malaga
Wed 22/04/15 UCL Real Madrid 1 – 0 Atletico Madrid
Sun 26/04/15 PRD Celta Vigo 2 – 4 Real Madrid
Wed 29/04/15 PRD Real Madrid 3 – 0 Almería
Sat 02/05/15 PRD Sevilla 2 – 3 Real Madrid
Prediction Juventus vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid has the more talented side while Juventus has the advantage of playing at home. Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. will be a permanent threat for Juves defence. Thus the Italians will have problems during the build up play and it’s talented attack around Carlos Tevez will suffer.
As first leg games are traditionally more cagey affairs our prediction here is a draw.