Real Madrid need response after Barcelona cruised to LaLiga title in 2022-23

Missing out on any LaLiga title represents a poor season by Real Madrid’s high standards, but finishing second by 10 points to old rivals Barcelona will demand a response from Los Blancos.

With star forward Karim Benzema leaving this summer, Real Madrid need to recruit to fill the void but, with Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, the outfit from the capital have the ability to get back to the top of Spanish football in the near future.

Benzema’s Final Season Ends In Disappointment

It’s not the way Benzema would have liked to see his time at the Santiago Bernabeu come to an end, as Real Madrid played second fiddle to rivals Barcelona in LaLiga. Their European hopes were also dashed in the semi-finals, as they lost to eventual Champions League winners Manchester City. It was no disgrace to lose to a City side that dominated the Premier League this season and are 8/13 in the betting for tonight’s football markets to retain the title next term. However, the manner of that defeat, in a 5-1 aggregate loss to Pep Guardiola’s side, will have also been a bitter pill to swallow for Ancelotti and his players.

Real were hopeful Benzema would stay at least one more season at the Bernabeu, but the veteran striker has decided to take up a new challenge in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ittihad. It means Los Blancos will have to do without a forward who managed to score 19 LaLiga goals in 24 appearances in the competition last term. The Ballon d’Or winner will be hard to replace at the club, but at the age of 35, perhaps it is the right time to look for the new focus of the Real Madrid attack.

Ancelotti Can Get Real Madrid Back On Track

If any manager knows how to turn things around at the Santiago Bernabeu, then it’s Italian tactician Ancelotti. The 64-year-old, who is enjoying his second spell in the Spanish capital, helped Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final last season and win the LaLiga title. They were not a million miles away from retaining the European crown this term but just came up against a Man City side that found their rhythm at the business end of the campaign.

Ancelotti and Real Madrid’s hierarchy will be working on recruitment over the coming months before the rigours of a campaign challenging on multiple fronts returns. Barcelona had a big summer of recruitment 12 months ago and it helped add the quality that was required to surpass Real Madrid at the top of the LaLiga standings. The arm wrestle between these two great clubs has been going on for decades and at this moment, the Blaugrana have their noses in front.

Retaining the LaLiga title is harder than winning it in the first place. Real Madrid look to be ready to start a new chapter without Benzema, as they aim to challenge for the Spanish crown once again with Ancelotti at the helm.

By Alejandro Fernandez

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  1. Its by no means strange that RM lost out on league since we arent, you know; one match a week team like bribELona, who have been playing less taxing matches since 2015 overall due to spectacular meltdowns in the CL competition. Its worth noticing that its what… their first league since what 4 or 5 years ago?

    Also worth to notice is that they flipped 15 players to the tune of 660mil in lost assets while we have spent money wisely and dealed very little. We got the most mileage of our old guard and saved money along the way. This is basically what they will look like for some time ahead, unless they pull more levers. That 660m loss resulted in unprecedented 2 EL meltdowns and 2 trophies only. Laughable return if you think about it. This is basically victory bought with future assets, hence my assessment that their team will remain the same for a while as debts are going to be harder to pay off with lesser incomes. Thats quite a sacrifice for a team that cannot compete on several fronts, evidently. They have bought these players just to win Liga.

    Meanwhile our rebuild has just begun and it has begun well. We have saved money for a while and had deep CL progress with 5 victories in a decade.
    Thats at least 5-600mils from CL only! Its time to invest that money (wisely) as its time for a new decade of dominance.

    Whats most important now is not to commit to any panic buys. The epitome of panic buying is bribELonas “rebuild” – we dont want that. Its cute that journalists are trying to put pressure on RM but fortunately, we have competent economists, scouts and strategists who are capable of making decisions based on sporting need (along with our reputation as a club who dont extort our players to lower salaries, a la de Jong, to name one thing) and our brand that is extremely alluring to players to the point that they voluntarily leave money on table to play for us. Its easy to convince players to play for us and that is our strength. It wont be any problems to complete our rebuild.

    We dont need knee jerk reactions due to 6 trophies won in last 2 years, we arent under pressure to deliver. Even if we would have an off season (which I doubt since there is no WC wedged in between) it wouldnt matter, because Mbappe will be a free agent upcoming year and if he signs its 6-7 years of straight Liga trophies.

    Time is on our side. By telling PSG that he wont re-sign, Mbappe in fact told them to sell him. And since they must sell – it will be easier to negotiate.

    Point being… its all good. There is no panic, we have a healthy economy, great prospect pool and plenty of money to make a proper rebuild. I trust our hierarchy completely.

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