6 Reasons Why Real Madrid won't win La Liga 2018-19

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final
UEFA Champions League Final
Azaan Nazer

Real Madrid are arguably the biggest club in the world. Majority of the best players in football history have played for this club. In the domestic scene, they have won 64 titles including 33 league titles.

In the European arena, they have won a record 25 titles, including 13 European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles. They were recognised as the FIFA Club of the 20th Century on 11th December 2000 and they have won 3 back to back Champions League titles the last 3 years.

Yet, in the last 10 years, Real Madrid have won La Liga only thrice – 2007-08, 2011-12 and 2016-17. This is a dismal domestic record for a club of Real Madrid’s stature. Their inability to win a league format is well documented.

Barcelona have enjoyed their unchallenged domestic reign for a long time, thanks in no part to the brilliance of Messi, Iniesta, Xavi and Co. 2018-19 will be no different and Barcelona look poised to continue their domestic dominance.

#6 Loss of CR7

Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid CF - La Liga
Club Atletico de Madrid v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Signed in 2009 for a then-record fee, the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo looks like a bargain signing considering the impact he has had on the club. He carried the club to 2 La Liga titles, 2 Copa Del Rey titles and 4 UEFA Champions League titles. He was Real Madrid’s best player throughout his stay at the club and was their talisman.

Real Madrid wasn’t spoken about without mentioning CR’s name. In a team filled with the world’s best players, this speaks volumes of his ability and influence on the team. Finally, he left Real Madrid for Juventus in a shock move which will affect Real unless they bring in a replacement. Real Madrid seem to have lost their fear factor and teams will come into games with much more confidence now that they have lost their talisman.

#5 Julen Lopetegui

Julen Lopetegui Announced As New Real Madrid Manager
Julen Lopetegui Announced As New Real Madrid Manager

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona player was appointed as Real Madrid’s manager before the World Cup. After his appointment, he was unceremoniously fired from his Spain role. He has coached the junior Spanish sides and Porto before taking over the reigns at Spain.

His only honours are the U-19 and U-21 UEFA European Championships in 2012 and 2013. Apart from that, he has no track record of excelling at a club anywhere apart from a Quarterfinal finish in the Champions League with Porto. He still failed domestically. The pressure will be immense on the man and there are serious doubts he can deliver at such a big club like Real Madrid.

#4 Bale injury woes and form

Real CD Espanyol v Real Madrid CF - La Liga
Real CD Espanyol v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Gareth Bale signed on 1st September 2013 for €100.8 million from Tottenham. A world record fee at the time, he was coming off a blistering season with Tottenham where he won multiple individual honours. At Real Madrid though, his performance has been curtailed by injuries which have prevented him from reaching his peak.

He does show the odd flash of brilliance and has scored plenty of important goals for RM especially in the Champions League, but he hasn’t been able to move out of CR’s shadow. If Real Madrid don’t make a marquee signing, the pressure will be on him to deliver and there are serious doubts if he can stay fit throughout the campaign and deliver.

#3 Goalkeeping Dilemma

Belgium v England: 3rd Place Playoff - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Belgium v England: 3rd Place Playoff - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Since the fax machine debacle surrounding De Gea’s failed transfer from Manchester United, the goalkeeping spot has come under question as a spot Real Madrid are desperate to improve on. They have been linked with numerous goalkeepers, the most recent being Courtois. He is AWOL from Chelsea and is heavily linked with RM.

This will unsettle Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla and affect their performances. K. Navas has been a great servant for the club, often singlehandedly keeping them in the game numerous times.

#2 Strengthened Competition

Cameroon v Chile: Group B - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
Cameroon v Chile: Group B - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017

Real Madrid’s only competition in La Liga are Athletico Madrid and Barcelona. Athletico Madrid have signed T. Lemar, Rodri, Arias, Castro, Adan and G. Martins. Barcelona have signed Malcolm, C. Lenglet, Arthur and Arthuro Vidal. Both teams have addressed key weaknesses in the team and look stronger on paper.

Despite bringing in Vinicius Jnr and Odriozola, the former is too young and unrefined to make an impact. The latter will be competing with Nacho and Carvajal though he could also fill in at right wing. They still need to sign a goalkeeper, one backup centre back, and one centre-forward to compete with Benzema.

#1 Struggling Attack

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final
Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League Final

This should come as a surprise considering the wealth of attacking talent in RM’s hands. They have Isco, Bale, Benzema, Ascensio, Borja Mayoral and Lucas Vazquez. Yet they don’t score enough goals during a long league campaign.

They are capable of winning short format cups but in a long format of 38 games, there is no consistent flow of goals. Benzema had to change his style of play under Ronaldo and must revert to his goalscoring ways. Borja Mayoral has been substandard so far and a centre-forward signing like Lewandowski should be on the books.

Edited by Zeeshan Ali


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