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Lopetegui must change system at Madrid
- Updated: July 19, 2018
Real Madrid FC will be on the lookout for quality players in the apparently deficient positions on the pitch, and while at it, they will also be on the lookout for quality in attack that can provide a similar fear factor to what the Ronaldo led attacking line offered at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid are the current UCL Champions, but in the absence of Ronaldo, the team apparently doesn’t look so spectacular on paper, no offence to an attack line that now boasts of the likes of Karim Benzema and others. There are also fears that other established stars might also look to call it quits at the Bernabeu this summer in search of a challenge elsewhere.
Regardless, the question that will be bothering the Real Madrid hierarchy is; Who do we sign to replace the Ronaldo? A salient question this is! But for Lopetegui, it should be; How do I proffer a new system that the Los Blancos will adapt to successfully regardless of who is signed?
Real Madrid will definitely go all out to acquire that player or those players who can restore the fear factor to Real’s attack this summer, but Lopetegui will have the bulk of the work to do, as he would have to deploy a system that doesn’t operate similarly to the one that was in place when Ronaldo was present. A system that saw him thrive better than typical center-forwards because of his mercurial goal-scoring prowess. No player like him that can be acquired is available presently, IMO. The only player with such attacking prowess is at the Camp Nou, and a move is 1000% unlikely.
The fact remains, no player presently, can replace Ronaldo in terms of the consistency, attitude, firepower, and willpower the Portuguese showed in his enviable trophy-laden, goal-laden, leadership-laden, and consistency-laden spell at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The likes of youngster Mbappe, Neymar, Kane, Salah, and Hazard have been sounded out, but none of these, based on the qualities they’ve shown thus far in their careers can offer Ronaldo’s skillset all in one. Lopetegui has the hardest job to do to restore the fear factor in Real Madrid’s attacking line which suddenly looks a far cry from what it was when Ronaldo was present, whilst ensuring that the potential signings gel quickly and start delivering immediately from the start of the season. Brace up Madridistas! A different Madrid is definitely in the cards. And hopefully, a successful one.