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How Real Madrid were better than Barcelona this season?

Abundance of goals

Real Madrid has scored in 64 games at a stretch beating Bayern Munich’s record of 60. The last time they didn’t score was way back in the semi final of Champions League last year against Manchester City. Real Madrid dominated the league with crucial goals and only Dani Carvajal, and Fabio Coentrao could not find the back of the net.

They have scored against every kind of opposition and in tough away fixtures to Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Celta Vigo, and Malaga in the league. They have been in supreme form in this year’s Champions League as well.

 

Fringe players

It will not be unfair to say that at times Real Madrid’s fringe players have been better than the starting eleven. A bench that is warmed by James Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Nacho, and at times Isco; shows how good the whole squad is.

Alvaro Morata was Real Madrid’s second highest goal scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo and played fewer minutes when compared to Karim Benzema. Marco Asensio has been by far the best young talent in Spain this year. His ability to come off the bench and run at the defenders makes him an outstanding player.

James despite talks regarding a summer exit has shown time and again how well he can manage the Madrid midfield. Lucas Vazquez and Nacho have time and again showed that not only Galacticos, but they can provide another dimension to the Madrid squad.

 

Change in Ronaldo’s game

The mercurial Portuguese has gone all cylinders blazing at the business end of the campaign. He had a poor start to this year’s campaign due to the extensive knee injury and match fitness. He was criticised, and it looked like he is reaching the twilight of his career. However, a change in position and proper rest have made him hold onto the tag of one of the greatest in the World.

He now plays more centrally enabling Zidane to switch to a 4-3-1-2 formation and has displayed his lethal finishing skills this term. He does not track back much, but his ability to play as a centre forward has revived his game. He has been rested quite often this term keeping him fresh that helped him score decisive goals against Valencia, Sevilla, Celta Vigo, and Malaga.

 

Zidane’s player management

A squad that consists of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Isco, James Rodriguez, and Alvaro Morata; it is hard to keep all ends happy and arrive at the final showdown with players showing desire and intent. Zidane, who raised eyebrows when Perez crowned him as the Los Blancos Manager since then turned the squad into a humble one where everyone has shown considerable maturity.

Zidane’s decision to play Benzema ahead of Morata might seem devastating, but the former’s ability to play deeper has helped Ronaldo and others spring back to life. Zidane has also managed the likes of James and Morata who could well leave the club but has managed to lead them to another league title in 5 years.

 

The never say never attitude

Last ditch goals, tremendous stability, and hunger for more seem to be the virtues instilled in this Real Madrid squad. When Messi curled the ball in the back of the net helping Barcelona trounce Real Madrid 3-2 it looked like they are well on track to retain the league title.

However, stepping back is never in Madrid’s DNA who held onto their one match advantage, and dethroned Barcelona. The Catalan side looked helpless and distraught without their MSN or Iniesta at times, but Madrid never depended on anyone. Goals poured in, and everyone contributed to what happens to be a 33rd La Liga trophy.

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