Real Madrid has lost its lure as Cristiano Ronaldo left the club for Juve the past summer. They have not been particularly good in the league, a la the marathon, but they were always able to find their breaks in the Champions League where they can overwhelm any opponent seemingly with their sheer talent. As another big club approach this type of crossroad-y situation, we look into what would/should be in the future for the Galacticos.
For the love of god, I am not even that much of a Real fan, but DON’T HIRE JOSE MOURINHO. It seemed like Florentino Perez is heading that way because of a previous relationship and also his ability to overwhelm pretty much every player regardless of their stature. There is not much of a culture in the Real Madrid locker room now, but it is not worth it looking at this instant gratification solution. It would be the best if Zidane can make a return, but I doubt he would want to step back into this awkward situation right away. Plus, he must have a good amount of offers on the table. I guess trying the club legend route might not be a bad idea with their previous success with Zidane and, of course, Man United with Solskjær, but you need that quality and commanding presence with a club like Real Madrid, dealing with personalities on top and under you.
It will have to be a lot of housekeeping this summer on both sides of the balance sheet. Marcelo looks like he will be joining his best bud Ronaldo at Juve after being dropped continuously on the first team and Reguilon actually playing decent. Bale looked like a lost cause now and everyone can see why Zidane wanted to sell the Welshman who is a shell of his former self. The midfield would also need upheaval with Modric not being the Ballon D’Or winning self while also being on the wrong side of the thirties, while Toni Kroos has become more and more of a stationary cannon. There is young talent on the squad, but the team would definitely need someone to carry over the transition. The defense was of the least problem. Ramos and Varane should still be fine. They have Nacho and Vallejo coming up, while Odriozola and Reguilon proved to be serviceable this season. Courtois is a problem, but hey, there is still a Keylor Navas sitting on the bench.
Florentino Perez is the biggest problem for Los Blancos. He is the most egoistical component of that team by trying to exert his influence upon every decisive factor of the team while not being the best type of president. Garnering stars work for sure, but over the years, he made questionable decisions as well. He needs to take a step back for this Galactico ship to right its course. It is going to take time, but the club’s stature surely helps. It is going to be painful, but it will be worth it in the end.