Rodrygo was one of the Real Madrid players who were struggling to get a grip this season. He started the campaign quite slowly and was failing to show consistency in front of the goal.
At the start of the month, Rodrygo had scored only two goals, often struggling to maintain any kind of productivity in the final third.
His poor form led many to question his place in the starting eleven, especially with several other La Fabrica talents waiting in the wings.
Rodrygo’s solid turnaround
However, despite all the media whispers regarding his poor form, Rodrygo has managed to turn his season around in a matter of just 10 days.
The Brazilian’s happy period started last Thursday when he signed a contract extension with Real Madrid. He penned a fresh deal which will keep him at the Bernabeu until 2028.
The contract extension was followed by a fabulous performance in the UEFA Champions League against Braga. The forward scored a goal and an assist, helping Real Madrid secure a 3-0 victory this midweek.
Last night, Rodrygo’s performance against Valencia was just the cherry on top. He scored two goals and provided two assists as Real Madrid blazed past Valencia 5-1.
The road ahead
Such a quick turnaround of fortune should bode well for Rodrygo, who has had to deal with a few ups and downs since the beginning of the season.
Not to mention, Rodrygo’s recent productivity will come in handy for Real Madrid, who have had to deal with the injury of Jude Bellingham recently.
After signing for the international break on a positive note, the Real Madrid forward will now look to make a strong impression playing for Brazil as well.
Rodrygo is included in the Brazilian team which will take on Colombia and Argentina in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, in the upcoming international break.
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo