Real Madrid seems to have found a redemption arc after all came tumbling down following Ronaldo’s departure. To see their foes Atlético Madrid winning LaLiga must be a hard blow on the Merengues, but they weren’t exactly exempt of fault in the entire process. Now, with Carlo Ancelotti, the engineer of the Décima, back on the steering wheel, and Benzema leading the team like a true captain – and arguably one of the best strikers and playmakers in the world – Real Madrid might finally have a true chance to sit on the throne once again.
The True Foes
Simeone seems to find strategies to win even against all odds; he has done it before in quite some remarkable ways, and the fierceness of his teams is one, if not the biggest, of their qualities. Now, let’s underline the “before” because, as it stands, the Colchoneros have the best squad in the League. Nobody is truly an underdog when their attack is composed by Suárez, Griezmann and wonderboy Félix. And if that isn’t enough, Correa can lend a hand (or shall I say his legs), as De Paul, Lemar, Llorente… You get the point. They are, perhaps for the first time in a long long time, the favorites to win LaLiga.
A decade before, El Clasico was a thing of monstruous beauty, a rivalry that exceed football and acquired an almost political innuendo, along with personal rivalries, such as that of Messi and Ronaldo, Piqué and Ramos and, arguably the biggest between managers, Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho. The world stopped to see the Galácticos see the Culés, Tiki Taka versus vicious counter-attack tactics, the best players coached by the best in the game.
Good Riddance, Messi
Everything is different now but, for the first time, Real Madrid has the upper hand; fully recovered from the loss of Ronaldo – although looking to snatch either Mbappé or Haaland next season – they appear to have finally found a stable solution in a Vinicius that is blossoming, a Benzema that is purely one of a kind, and young players like Rodrygo and the next superstar Camavinga bringing the creativity needed to blend with the defensive quality of the squad: seasoned Casemiro is still on his prime, Militão is finally showing his true colors, Alaba was a great addiction to the squad, and Courtois is one of the top 3 goalkeepers in the field.
This, allied with the absolute shipwreck that is nowadays’ Barcelona, who just lost his best players for a high sum of absolutely nothing, and sacked his coach due to undeniably poor results, means that Real is, at the very least, one step in front of Barcelona. The Culés will hardly pose any kind of problems to Real Madrid this season. And, considering Atleti’s team, that’s quite helpful towards Ancelotti’s team ambitions.
There is a Chance
The throne is there for the taking, and it looks like it already is in Madrid – considering Real Sociedad won’t try to surprise everyone Valencia style. Although having a great squad, Atlético hasn’t found their best form just yet and, despite how young the leading talents of Real Madrid are, if they happen to find any stability in their form and snatch the more obvious points (that is, against the theoretical weaker sides), there is a palpable chance they can come on top.
Now that Sergio Ramos is gone, it seems like Benzema is prone to be a leader. And boy, he is looking like he won’t disappoint any fan. With the rare ability to build game and also score, he will undoubtly be the face of Real Madrid, in whichever glory the Merengues are able to accrue this season, either nationally or in Europe. Let’s hope, for Real Madrid’s sake, that Benzema can live up to his form until the end of the season.