Real Madrid Season Preview: No more Ronaldo means what?August 16, 2018
Real Madrid’s summer window hasn’t gone quietly by with a new manager at the helm of Los Blancos in former Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui taking over from Zinedine Zidane after the French man won his third successive Champions League trophy.
Los Blancos have made four signings this summer they are Thibaut Courtois, Alvaro Ordiozola, Vinicius Junior and Andriy Lunin. But in the departure section of transfers at Real Madrid this season the biggest one is obviously Cristiano Ronaldo who left for Juventus after nine seasons in Madrid, Mateo Kovacic has gone to Chelsea on loan for the season. While Theo Hernandez and Achraf Hakimi have also gone out on loan for the season.
Where must they improve?
At times in the first half of last season Los Blancos were playing well and getting the results they needed but also for a club of Madrids stature they dropped points against teams many people would have their life on Madrid would beat. This season they might take a while to adapt to Lopetegui’s strategies but they can’t afford to be dropping points on Barcelona and city rivals Atletico Madrid.
What to expect?
Expected Finish: 2nd
Surprise Newcomer: Andriy Lunin
The 19 year old joins from Zorya Luhansk in the Ukrainian league and becomes the first Ukrainian to play for the club, however he is unlikely to feature for the first team with the signing of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea and Keylor Navas still on the books at Madrid.
Potential Hero: Marco Asensio
The 22 year old will likely get loads of game time this season under Lopetegui out wide with no superstar replacement of Cristiano Ronaldo being signed by Florentino Perez, Asensio is expected to set the Santiago Bernabeu alight and continue showcasing to the world his natural talent, Lopetegui will be demanding the winger adds more goals and assists to his game.
Ins and Outs
Arrivals: Thibaut Courtois ( Chelsea), Andriy Lunin ( Zorya Luhansk), Alvaro Ordiozola ( Real Sociedad), Vinicius Junior (Flamengo)
Departures: Cristiano Ronaldo ( Juventus), Mateo Kovacic ( Chelsea, Loan), Theo Hernandez ( Real Sociedad, Loan), Achraf Hakimi ( Borussia Dortmund, Loan)