Commentary: Real Madrid now receive confirmation of transfer passivity

Real Madrid put in a collective poor performance at Rayo Vallecano and subsequently lost 2-3. Royals are gradually receiving a receipt for transfer passivity in the summer and risking a league season without winter reinforcements, says REAL TOTAL editor Filip Knopp.

Especially away from home, Real are missing a lot without Benzema – Photo: IMAGO / PanoramiC / NurPhoto

The worst Real Madrid of the season

Weakness does not leave Real Madrid alone. After 16 matches without defeat in a row and initially nine wins in a row, the white ballet has been struggling for two weeks. The World Cup, with its accompanying disruption of club football, would “At the Right Time” come on, said coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday night after an embarrassing 3-2 defeat at Rayo Vallecano. The truth is more like this: this hiatus should have started a long time ago.

After the royal family suffered their first bankruptcy in the 17th game of the season, a bearable 2-3 in the Champions League at RB Leipzig, the second followed just three games later. Real could only manage a 1-1 draw with FC Girona at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in the league before their small city derby defeat against Rayo.

“The mammoth program has an effect”with a caption REAL TOTAL afterwards. An impression that was reinforced again on the 13th playing day. Ancelotti’s team at the Estadio de Vallecas: sleepy for too long, unfocused, flawed, shaky at times and too harmless, generally unworthy. The worst Real Madrid of the season.

Benzema is absent in the disgusting away matches

What’s worrying: while the defense and midfield still look as if mental freshness is completely lacking, an attacking line-up with Vinícius Júnior and Rodrygo Goes, and the option of Federico Valverde or Marco Asensio for increasingly unsavory away trials, seems to be against combative and motivated opponents. be inappropriate – as valuable as they are when looking at the big picture as a scribe. Example Leipzig, example Rayo.

The feeling of playing away without Karim Benzema is just too different to the feeling of playing away with the captain. He demands and holds the balls, is a leader and as such sets the pace and direction. The Ballon d’Or winner sat out Rayo for the eighth time this season due to muscle fatigue “not a good feeling” has according to Ancelotti. His physical problems lasted from the beginning of September through the first half of the season.

More points than 2021/22, but not first this time

Against this background, Real cannot and must not assume that he will suddenly always be fit and ready for action in the second half of the season – especially since after the World Cup with France, depending on his performance, he will need a dose anyway, it is time to stop.

After 13 game days this season, Madrid have collected two more points (32) than last year (30) with half Benzema. A subtle difference: That time the yield was enough to top the table (two points ahead of FC Sevilla), this time not. Despite the international embarrassment, FC Barcelona once again scored supremely with 34 points from 39, while Real clearly reverted to being a notoriously inconsistent team. The last defense of the championship came in 2008.

No retrofits? So Real Madrid is taking a lot of risks

Indeed, after 15 years, it should be again at the beginning of the summer of 2023. Real are advised to finally give up this tiresome and incomprehensible reluctance in the transfer market and acquire an offensive reinforcement in January. Last summer, a defender was added to Antonio Rüdiger, a midfielder to Aurélien Tchouaméni, and nobody in the first line for the umpteenth time.

The Madrilenians are slowly being rewarded for this passivity with Benzema’s numerous failures and the Nibelungen’s loyalty to Rodrygo Goes, now more often than not at the center of the storm.

We are not thinking about the winter transfer market, we are not interested. The squad will remain until the end of the season and will not change. Carlo Ancelotti my October 29

A completely exhausted Eden Hazard and Mariano Díaz, who feels like playing ten minutes every five weeks, cannot and must not be a serious alternative. Otherwise, Real risks at least their league season. Otherwise, the weekend before last, Barça’s last-minute win at FC Valencia and Real’s disappointing 1-1 home draw against Girona, could have been a harbinger of how the title race will end this time around…

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Commentary: Real Madrid now receive confirmation of transfer passivity

Real Madrid put in a collective poor performance at Rayo Vallecano and subsequently lost 2-3. Royals are gradually receiving a receipt for transfer passivity in the summer and risking a league season without winter reinforcements, says REAL TOTAL editor Filip Knopp.

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