Despite Real Madrid’s stellar start to the new season, the team is starting to show signs of complacency, as evident in their relatively poor end to the Champions League group stage campaign.
The club have also lost ground in La Liga, even more so after a 3-2 defeat to Rayo Vallecano that helped Barcelona become the league leaders as we head into the final matchday before club football grinds to a halt, in light of the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
In the aftermath of Real Madrid’s defeat to Rayo, a report from MARCA suggests that the feeling around the camp is not very positive at the moment.
It appears everyone in the Real Madrid camp is worried about the state of the team’s defence this season which has underperformed even when the club have managed to squeeze points out of matches.
Indeed, in 13 league matches, the Whites have conceded 13 goals this season, which is considerably higher than the four Barcelona have conceded all season so far.
In fact, Real Madrid’s tally of 13 goals conceded is the joint-highest among the top five spots in the league table. The club’s defensive shortcomings are further indicated by the fact that star goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is yet to even keep a single clean sheet in the league.
However, there is still time for Real Madrid to improve defensively, especially with club football set to go on an early hiatus due to the FIFA World Cup. It should give coach Carlo Ancelotti ample time to address the issue and get his ideas across to the team.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.