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Real Madrid believe they will need 90+ points to beat Barcelona in La Liga title race

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As things stand, it seems like the La Liga title race has all the makings of one that goes down to the wire.

After all, Barcelona are a mere two points behind Real Madrid, despite the latter winning all six out of six games so far.

While the 2021/22 season saw Los Blancos finish 13 points above the Catalan giants to become the champions of Spain, the same is not expected this term, by Carlo Ancelotti’s men, who are reportedly wary about the threat posed by their arch-rivals.

As per a report by MARCA, those within the Real Madrid camp fully realize that winning the league title at the end of the current campaign will be far more challenging than the last due to Barça’s excellent summer window.

Even before he kicked a ball for Xavi’s men, Robert Lewandowski’s arrival was considered by the Los Merengues as a signing that could have a transformative effect on the side.

They believe that, with the addition of the Pole striker, Barcelona would no longer struggle in games as they did in the previous seasons. That has proven to be true, too, with the clashes against Real Sociedad and Cadiz standing as examples.

The La Liga winners are understood to firmly believe that their points tally of 86 will not be enough for them to defend their league crown.

Instead, it is said that the European champions hold the opinion that putting in excess of 90 points on the board, as was the case from 2010 to 2018, to win the league will be demanded of them this term.

Despite the side’s flawless start to the season, the message behind closed doors is to maintain the incredible standards going forward.

Only time will tell whether Real Madrid will be able to keep a reinvigorated Barcelona side at bay to reign over La Liga once again.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona interested in €30 million-rated Serie A midfielder – report

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Replacing Luka Modric is a task Real Madrid’s administration better not attempt. After all, finding a like-for-like replacement for a world-class player who defined an era is close to impossible.

The Croat himself, however, has always held high regard for his compatriot Marcelo Brozovic. The Inter Milan player possesses a profile that highly interests Los Blancos and Carlo Ancelotti.

Brozovic has been on the transfer lists of several European clubs in the current transfer window. Of them, Barcelona have been mentioned as a strong candidate.

Though Nerazzurri were initially reluctant to let the midfielder go, Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport report that Inter Milan are now prepared to take that step at the end of the season.

The Italian management understands that the manager has modes to cope without Brozovic and that the time is right to move on with economic compensation.

One of the biggest names in the race to sign him, according to the source, is Real Madrid. Given that he has a contract until 2026 in Italy, the European Champions will have to shell out at least €30 million for his services, a figure that Inter feel he should be valued at.

The Merengues are not alone in the race for Brozovic. Barcelona are back in the equation as they see him as an ideal replacement for their captain Sergio Busquets.

The third European giants interested in the 30-year-old Croatian international are Chelsea. Juventus also wanted to try their luck too but were forced to back out after their recent sanctions.

It remains to be seen if Real Madrid can afford the €30 million tag in the summer given their interest in Jude Bellingham. Close to €150 million of their budget will be frozen on the Englishman, and spending more on another midfielder may not be warranted.

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