Having watched Real Madrid play on a regular basis for the last 20 years we think that this could be the best incarnation of the modern era.
You may find this ridiculous considering some of the previous Real Madrid vintages – one of which of course included Luis Figo, Zidane and Brazilian Ronaldo.
But a criticism that has regularly been levelled at Madrid over the last decade is that, whilst they are happy to buy the most expensive players, they can’t always mould these exceptional individuals into a brilliant team. But there is more coherence in this side than we have seen for a very long time on a football field. Borussia Dortmund, at their best, play as a wonderful unit. Bayern and Barca have also looked awesome as a group at times.
But you get the sense that this lot could actually play with their eyes closed. As much as anything it’s that midfield of Kroos and Modric which makes them so good. Of course, you can’t discount the amazing talents of Ronaldo, Rodriguez et al. But Kroos and Modric allow these guys to play by utterly controlling the midfield and passing the ball with immaculate precision. At the start of the season we said that Kroos would be the best signing in Europe and he is proving to be just that. He’s a genius.
As well as their sensational form Real Madrid have had some excellent news on the injury front in the run-up to El Classico at the weekend. Because their main man in defence, Sergio Ramos, was pictured training on Thursday and should should be fit to take his place in the starting lineup against Barcelona.
Raphael Varane was superb against Liverpool but Ramos brings the sort of experience that makes him a nailed on starter when fit. Marca reports:
Sergio Ramos, who has been sidelined since the beginning of October with a calf injury, returned to full first-team training today and is looking to start this Saturday’s home game against Barcelona.
It’s yet more positive news for Real and the fact this game is at El Bernabeu means that they should be confident of victory despite Barca’s excellent start in La Liga.
Real Madrid fans: confident of victory?