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The topic of discussion for this week’s episode of Soccer Vista will be the upcoming summer transfer window. However, we will not be dealing with transfers generally in this episode of Soccer Vista. We will be taking a look at the transfer rumours surrounding the biggest club in world football, Real Madrid.
According to various sources, World giants Real Madrid are interested in bringing a few of the most talented players in the world to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. This is coming off the back of a humiliating defeat to English heavyweights Manchester City in the recently played semifinal of the UEFA Champions League.
Now, Betting Tips Africa will be analysing three possible targets for Los Blancos after their humiliation against Manchester City. As expected from us at Betting Tips Africa, this write-up will also include how our readers can make more profits from this future possibility through their stakes.
However, before going into the main objective of this article, we will be taking a brief overview of the Real Madrid and Manchester City game, what went wrong and what Real Madrid needs to improve.
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Real Madrid Vs Manchester City Post Match
Los Blancos got pitted against English heavyweights Manchester City in the semifinal of the 2023 UEFA Champions League season. Recall that both teams faced off at this stage of the UCL last year, with Real Madrid coming out on top after an incredible comeback in the closing stages of the game.
The Spanish giants went on to win the trophy, sending Pep Guardiola’s men back to England empty-handed in Europe. However, this season’s fixture involving both teams entirely went through a different path.
The first leg in Spain ended in a (1 – 1) draw, with Manchester City dominating possession and Real Madrid looking dangerous on the counter-attack.
Brazilian quick-feet winger Vinicius Jr scored a world-class goal from outside the box before Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne equalised with a thunderbolt equally from outside the box.
But the second leg in England was more of a training session than an evenly contested game. Manchester City dismantled Real Madrid with a (4 – 0) scoreline, and the worst part of the whole game was the Cityzens could have scored more were it not for Thibaut Courtois’ heroics.
What Went Wrong For Real Madrid?
Football is not a linear game, but there are numerous signs that give indications of what could happen. Dare we say; Real Madrid had this beating coming ever since the fixture was announced this season. Although Real Madrid won last season’s UEFA Champions League (beating City along the way), the manner in which they won their games suggested otherwise.
In the same fixture last season, Manchester City lacked a clinical goalscorer and a physical monster in the centre-forward position. At the time, the likes of Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez were guilty of wasting many goalscoring chances.
Manchester City also looked weak in the fullback areas as the likes of Rodrygo ran Oleksandr Zinchenko to the ground on the attack. What did Pep Guardiola do? He bought top marksman Erling Braut Haaland to give his side a focal point and ruthless finishing up front.
He also sold Zinchenko and Jesus and tweaked his tactics to accommodate more defensively accomplished players. Manuel Akanji came in, and Nathan Ake was shifted to left back.
For Real Madrid, there is a visible lack of athleticism in the midfield areas. For all Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have done in the game, they do not have the legs to match Manchester City’s pressing and ball retention in the middle of the park.
Funny enough, Los Blancos did not do much to cover these deficiencies. Yes, they have Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde. But Tchouameni was left on the bench, Camavinga was moved to left back, and Valverde was left to match with City’s relentless probing and passing.
In summary, Real Madrid failed to transition their young and athletic midfielders quickly enough to trust them in helping to nullify City’s pressing scheme as well as engage their own press against City’s midfield, and this backfired badly. This time, Manchester City didn’t relent, and they pummelled Madrid to a pulp.
All these points to a lack of proper planning, reliance on experience and overall, poor squad management.
What Does Real Madrid Need To Improve?
First and foremost, the new BASIC focus in top-class football is a transition towards pressing, sustaining pressure and ball retention. The top coaches like Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp, Mikel Arteta, Thomas Tuchel, Julian Nagelsmann, De Zerbi and many others favour these foundations.
Simply attacking with the individual qualities of players no longer works in the long term. Modern structures (defensive, mid and offensive) are highly needed, and this is what Real Madrid needs to first implement into their team.
Secondly, Los Blancos need to transition their physical midfielders into the team quickly and permanently. Kroos and Modric are world-class players, but against physical and duel monsters, they do not have the physicality to match them anymore.
Now that we have taken a brief overview of the UEFA Champions League game between Real Madrid and Manchester City, what went wrong and what Real Madrid needs to improve, Betting Tips Africa will now be revealing three possible targets for Los Blancos.
In addition to that, we will provide suggestions as to how our readers might profit from these forecasts by putting bets on them in order to increase their earnings.
Three possible targets for Los Blancos
The English midfielder has been rumoured to be on Real Madrid’s radar for sometime now. Due to his raw quality, the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Chelsea have all held an interest in the Borussia Dortmund player.
Bellingham is known for his outstanding ball control, technical abilities, versatility, and the ability to contribute both offensively and defensively. These attributes have earned him a reputation for being one of the best young midfielders in the entire world.
If a transfer to Real Madrid materialises, there is no doubt that he will help the midfield become more robust and physical. Gamers can stake on the possibility of Jude making his way to the Santiago Bernabeu.
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It is no new information that Real Madrid has held an intense interest in Kylian Mbappe in the past. They came close to signing the French attacker last summer on a free transfer before the player decided to pen a three-year deal with PSG (Paris St Germain).
It was also rumoured that Los Blancos tabled a 150 million for Mbappe earlier in January 2022, but the but the bid was rejected. While there are no concrete links from news outlets claiming there is an offer, the Transfer window is a crazy time, and anything can happen.
Mbappe would add quality, fireworks and more speed to Madrid’s attack if he is signed, and there is no way Real Madrid wouldn’t hold their interest. Gamers can bet on this possibility despite the fact that it looks like a slim chance.
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The Bayern Munich left fullback has surfaced in recent weeks as a transfer target for Real Madrid. Since Marcelo left the Santiago Bernabeu, there has been little spark coming from that position despite Ferland Mendy being a great player.
A signing like Alphonso would send shivers down the spine of opposition players, as he is quite known for his pace, power, agility, technique and end product. If Alphonso Davies were to leave Germany, this is the sort of transfer that has Real Madrid’s fingerprints all over it.
Not too long ago, they took David Alaba from the Allianz Arena. Bettors can also profit if this proposed transfer comes to fruition. Bookies like Bet9ja, Bet365 and others are all available to take bets in this regard.
The aforementioned players are the kind of signings Real Madrid make. Their squad needs fresh legs, and these players are pretty young with great physicality. They also have the talents required to play at such a pressure-heavy club like Real Madrid. Gamers can profit from this by taking advantage.