8 Reasons why Real Madrid will be lagging this 2021/22 season.

Real Madrid ended the 2020/21 season on a decent run of form. They were not able to win the Title after a small difference in the Standings behind Atletico Madrid. That title would not come in Los Blanco’s possession easily. They were neck and neck with their counterparts Barcelona and Atleti almost the entire season, and had to fight for every point until matchday 38!

But some performances in the last season rang the alarms at all levels at the club. Real Madrid performances in both Copa Del Rey and The Champions League were not too good. They lost to Champions of the Euro Chelsea in the semi-finals where they would have entered Finals.

This season, Real Madrid has failed to carry last season’s consistency so far. They have already been knocked out of Copa del Rey and sit Second on the La Liga table, two points behind the league leader, Atletico Madrid.

Below are the 5 main reasons why Real Madrid is lagging this 2020/2021 season.

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1. Poor Transfer Decisions.

Despite all the worrying signs appearing in the last season, the club is not spending much in the 2021 summer transfer window. Rather Florentino Pérez did the opposite of that, and let go of several key players either on loan or sold permanently!

Some of these players include:

-Rafael Varane (Close to moving to Manchester United)

-Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal)

-Borja Mayoral (AS Roma)

-Reguilón (Tottenham Hotspur F.C.)

-Brahim Díaz (AC Milan)

-Dani Ceballos (Arsenal)

-Jesús Vallejo (Granada C.F)

-Takefusa Kubo (Getafe)

-Achraf Hakimi (Paris Saint German)

The sale and loan deals of a few of the older players such as Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez were logical as they were beyond their career’s prime form and Real Madrid decided to cash in on them. But letting go of promising talents was a big gamble by Zidane. He decided that letting them go was a better decision than letting them play. A decision that didn’t pay off.

2. Expectations from youngsters.

Since the last 5 years, Real Madrid has signed numerous new players including a mix of promising talents and proven galacticos. But a major part of the transfer saga has been a nightmare for Perez and Real Madrid. Only Thibaut Courtois and Ferland Mendy earned a place in Real’s playing eleven.

The attack is the area where Real Madrid suffered the most. Almost all new forwards failed to fill the gap left by the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. The top signing of Eden Hazard also proved to be the one to forget.

3. The Midfield Problem

When it comes to testing and developing new players for several different positions, Carlo Ancelotti has trusted players in defensive and offensive positions only! He never thought of finding a replacement for his vintage midfield.

Unlike Ancelotti Zidane still uses the same Golden midfield trio of Kroos, Casemiro, and Modric. In fact, he never used any other attacking midfielder in his entire managerial career so far. But the bright aspect of this aging trio has slowly faded away. These 3 players still perform at the highest level and have produced some great performances this season. But when they don’t perform, Real Madrid suffers incredibly. Even when these players need rest, Zidane seems to run out of replacement options.

Zidane uses his all-around players such as Lucas Vazquez and Nacho Fernandez at almost all positions as a QUICK FIX for his long-term problems. But after having Carlo Ancelotti as the coach of Real Madrid for the upcoming 2021-22 Season, He has bought David Alaba from Bayern Munich who is one of the best Midfielder.

4. Lack of a Plan B.

Zidane proved to be a risk-averse manager over the years as he never truly trusted new formations other than the usual 4-3-1-2. He also tried 4-3-3 few and far between, but that’s it! His techniques and game plans have not evolved over the years and right now his tactics are pretty much an open book.

Because of the lack of evolution, Real Madrid lacks the element of surprise in its playing style. It heavily relies on Its key players to perform consistently almost every matchday, week in, week out. The bench does not offer much in terms of creativity.
5.Never ending injuries

The Real Madrid squad has suffered 19 various injuries this season so far in 2019-20, and 11 players injured in 2020-21 including Eden Hazard, Toni Kroos, Dani Carvajal, and Alvaro Odriozola.

In almost the entire campaign so far, a fully fit squad hasn’t been available to Zidane. Hazard is the player who has suffered the most injuries and missed the most matches so far.

6. Transfer Market Update 2021

Top Arrivals:

David Alaba: Real Madrid decided to strengthen their midfield by getting the Austrian in a Free Transfer as Alaba decide to try different after more than a decade playing for the German Giants.

Top Departures:

Sergio Ramos: After winning many trophies with Real Madrid and playing for many years in the Los Blancos. Ramos told Madrid Goodbye a he becomes a Free agent and Joined PSG officially for 2 years. After this great man's departure, Madrid fans would still not believe it.

Brahim Diaz: He joins AC Milan on loan (€3m as loan fee) until June 2023 - buy-out option included for €22m. Real Madrid will have a buy-back clause for €27m. [Fabrizio Romano]

Rafael Varane: With one more great player moving out of the club shocks Real Fans. The 28-year-old center-back agreed with Manchester United on personal terms. Contract until 2026. Real Madrid wants more than €50. All parties are confident the deal will happen soon.

7. No motivation.

Since the UCL final against Liverpool in 2018, Real Madrid players never showed true motivation levels on the field. The Champions League used to be a blockbuster at Santiago Bernabeu, but now it feels like just another day at the office for Los Blancos. Lack of innovation in both, the squad and the tactics have derailed the team's motto.

There has also been a few issues reported regarding the players’ salaries. The financial difficulties caused by Covid-19 put the club in a difficult position. Players were reluctant to reduce their salaries when the club asked them to. The new contract offers are also not so lavish as they used to be. This financial issue is also not going anytime soon. Thus, the players have more challenges to focus on, rather than just their game.

8. Disaster of COVID-19

The only fun thing that was left to cheer about, was the electric experience of Santiago Bernabeu. Covid-19 triggered early upgrades for the stadium. So far this season, Real Madrid has been playing at an empty Alfredo De Stefano Stadium. The matches will continue to be played at this particular stadium until upgrades at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu are fully completed.

There are still a lot of restrictions in Spain relating to crowd gatherings. There is no crowd to lift the spirit of the players and cheer their efforts. This will continue to be the case until football is fully recovered from COVID-19.

These problems are not going away anytime time soon. In fact, these problems are only going to evolve in the future. The club president Florentino Perez has said Goodbye to the Legend Zinedine Zidane. It has been reported that Carlo Ancelotti will continue to carry out his managerial duties in the 2021-21 season as well.

Zidane has averaged 3 titles every season during his managerial time at Real Madrid. In Fact, he has never finished a season without a trophy! These are very impressive figures. But things can quickly change at Real Madrid for successful managers. A trophyless season might change the current perspective of the president.

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