After a victory this passed weekend at La Liga; Real Madrid faces two very important exams in Europe and Spain.
Real Madrid will face Juventus in the Champions League this Wednesday night at Santiago Bernabeu with the good news that Gareth Bale and Raphaël Varane received the green light to join the first team. Carlo Ancelotti will have full staff to choose a better starting team for this very important game.
More good news arrived at Real Madrid City, when Xabi Alonso also concluded his recovery and is ready to play with the team. This addition will definitely brings security and such a release of stress on Isco Alarcon who had struggle a lot in the midfield for the lack of a defender midfielder like Xabi.
This first exam against Juventus will show how well prepared is this team to face historical team such as “Juve” that have a very rich history in this tournament.
This exam also will give a hint to Real Madrid to see how dangerous their strikers can be when they face such a legend in the goal as Gigi Buffon. Facing this type of goalkeeper with such a experience in international tournaments is a very crucial exam for the “Merengue”.
On the other hand, the most critical exam will be on Saturday when the “Merengue” arrives to Cataluna for El Clasico. The Saturday test occupies a very important place in the plans of Ancelotti. After some signals of improvement last Saturday, hopes from all “Madridistas” are that El Clasico will be “Merengue” and that way they can short the 5 point lead of Barcelona.
Even that Real Madrid improved in certain aspects of defense and their attack was much better with Morata instead of Benzema, reality is that Real Madrid does not have a identity of game and a style that set them apart.
Two very stressful exams have Real Madrid this week and even that the team have players back on the squad ready to play is really uncertain that they can pass both exams.
Juventus with Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, and Fernando Llorente can make serious damage to Real Madrid. The “Vechia Signora” has very good chances to win this game, with players in much better condition, and with a clear identity of style that its coach Antonio Conte gave them already.
Barcelona, even that they tied their last game in La Liga play this past weekend, have all resources ready and in excellent condition for “El Clasico”. Of course, they also have a very important game this week against Milan, but their captain Carles Puyol is back in track and full recovered from his past knee injury.
This addition to the “Cule” team gives the X factor for Gerardo Martino Boys to get on Saturday at Camp Nou the victory that they need to get a longer lead and of course to win “El Clasico”.
Two exams, Europe and El Clasico; awaits for Real Madrid. Two historical rivals of Real will face them this week. The only hopes of all “Madridistas” is that the team get back on track and secure their 1st. place at the Champions League, and of course to beat their most hated rival.