Marcelino: Madrid weaker this season

Valencia Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral believes Real Madrid’s squad is weaker than it was last season and La Liga’s title race is wide open.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have won only eight of their 14 league matches so far this season and trail league leaders Barcelona by eight points, and are three points behind Los Che.

“In my opinion, Real Madrid’s squad now is weaker than it was last season,” Marcelino told Radio Marca.

“I believe they have lost potential over the past year with the players who have left the club in that time period.

“It will be a very interesting La Liga title race this season and right now it is hugely difficult to assess who is the favourite, there are probably five teams in the mix.

“You look at Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid who are always involved and Sevilla have been for the past few years too.

“Maybe with the current league table then Barcelona are the slight favourites, while we have come from the furthest back.”

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