As things stand, reigning La Liga champions Real Madrid are sitting pretty at the top of the table, with six wins out of six.
However, Barcelona are breathing down their arch rivals’ necks, with only two points separating both sides so far. With the Catalan giants being a much bigger all-round threat this season, Xavi gave Carlo Ancelotti a warning as both tacticians met at a managerial summit.
“This year we’re closer [to winning the league], I think so”, he said, as quoted by El Chiringuito.
During the 2021/22 campaign, Los Blancos finished above the Blaugrana by a sizeable 13 points.
However, the additions of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen, Hector Bellerin and Marcos Alonso have significantly elevated this Barça side.
While Xavi’s take is anything but false, it is also key to note that the side from the Spanish capital also look a cut above in the ongoing term.
With Aurelien Tchouameni’s arrival, the youngster is already levels above Casemiro on the ball, which has made Real Madrid a better outfit in possession as a whole.
In addition, one of the most complete footballers in the world in Federico Valverde has now added output to his game, which means Ancelotti’s men have an additional goal threat at their disposal.
Also, Rodrygo looks like the ideal understudy to Karim Benzema, which coupled with Valverde’s improved productivity, indicates that the European champions are not as reliant on the club captain and Vinicius Jr. to score goals.
Furthermore, Los Merengues have much more experience in their ranks than Barcelona, which continues to give them the edge in the title race. While Xavi’s men have certainly improved and will certainly push Real Madrid, the latter are also reaching new levels this season.
Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent
If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.
Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.
However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.
Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.
So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.
Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.
With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.
Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.
Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.