A 100% winning record across all competitions, sitting on top of the La Liga standings and another trophy in the bag – it has been a perfect start to the season for Real Madrid following their all-conquering 2021/22 campaign.
Carlo Ancelotti & co. are showing why exactly they became champions last term, winning games even when they are not at their best while also coping with the absence of key man Karim Benzema, who has been out injured for the last three matches.
And, things could only get better for the Madridistas this weekend. Indeed, as reported by AS, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez could announce the contract renewals of key stars Vinicius Jr, Eder Militao and Rodrygo Goes later this week.
The trio, who played a key role in Real Madrid’s success last season and have made a strong start to the new campaign, had already agreed to extensions during the summer itself, soon after returning from their vacations.
However, for reasons unknown, Real Madrid are yet to make an official announcement regarding the same.
But, that could possibly change this weekend as the report claims that Perez might confirm the news of their contract extensions at the next Assembly of Delegates to be held on October 2, Sunday.
Rodrygo and Militao are reported to have signed contract renewals that will tie them down to Los Blancos until the summer of 2028. Meanwhile, details of Vinicius’ new contract duration are unclear.
There have been speculations that the Merengues have been holding back on announcements in wait for a better date or an occasion when the team and the fans are in need of inspiration and morale boost following a bad result or something of that sort.
But, the possibility of the president making the news public this weekend at the Assembly of Delegates also exists and only time will tell whether the announcement will be made.
Ancelotti sets a target for Real Madrid to achieve before facing Barcelona in La Liga
Real Madrid are currently the frontrunners to win the La Liga title this season, having established a solid lead atop the table.
After 26 matchdays, Carlo Ancelotti’s Los Blancos have built a six-point lead over second-placed Girona and are eight clear of arch-rivals Barcelona in third.
Ancelotti sets a target
While Real Madrid have already faced Girona and Atletico Madrid twice in La Liga already, they still have to face Barcelona for the second time.
And, as per AS, manager Carlo Ancelotti has set a target for his Real Madrid side to achieve before they face off against Xavi Hernandez’s Barça in a few weeks.
Los Blancos host their bitter rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu in the weekend of April 20-21, in matchweek 32.
And before that, Ancelotti wants Real Madrid to reach 80 points in La Liga, which he believes is the safety point for his team to go on to win the title.
As things stand, the Merengues are on 65 points from 26 games and have five matches to play in the league before they face Barcelona.
And for them to achieve Ancelotti’s intended target, they will have to win each of their matches between now and April 20, which will be anything but straightforward.
After all, Real Madrid are set to face Valencia at a hostile Mestalla this weekend before they take on a Celta Vigo side battling to avoid relegation next week.
Following that, they face a tricky Osasuna side away from home and Athletic Club at home while they will also take on Copa del Rey finalists RCD Mallorca.
Ancelotti wants the La Liga title race wrapped up by this point so that the team can face Barcelona without any pressure and instead keep their focus on the UEFA Champions League, provided they progress in the tournament.
It will be easier said than done, but if we have learned anything from Real Madrid this season, it is that they thrive in the face of adversities.