By their standards, the 13-time European champions had a disastrous 2018/2019, finishing third in LaLiga and getting dumped out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage by Ajax Amsterdam.
Zinedine Zidane and his technical team will still be on the lookout for reinforcements despite having already spent over 300m in the market. With the LaLiga window now officially open, they'll be eyeing out reinforcements in key areas of the spine of their team.
What Real Madrid cannot afford is a repeat of a season where they had three managers, finishing 19 points behind archrivals Barcelona and won nothing in a dismal campaign.
Here are three areas where we think that they can strengthen.
A fourth choice centre back 🧩
Eder Militao has been signed for big money to challenge Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos for a starting berth in the centre of defence, but Real Madrid still looks as though they could do with one more. Nacho Fernandez is a loyal servant but Real can probably upgrade on the Spaniard. Will they promote Javi Sanchez from the Castilla youth setup or opt for another big signing? After Militao's move, the smart money is on the former.
Quality striker backup 🥅
With Karim Benzema approaching 33, Real Madrid's striking options will gradually diminish. They've obviously missed the sheer goal output of Cristiano Ronaldo since his exit, as any club would.
21-year-old Serbian striker Luka Jovic has joined the club for big money and will undoubtedly be a part of the first team furniture from the get-go, but Zidane might need a top-level striker to bridge the gap between the two strikers at opposite ends of the experience spectrum.
Karim Benzema was the only player to reach expectations last season, finishing as Real's top scorer, with Gareth Bale a distant second and defender Sergio Ramos in third. Paulo Dybala would tick all the boxes in terms of a player who can bring goal-scoring ability, relative experience and versatility.
An alternative to Casemiro 🤺
Real Madrid's fabled run of three consecutive Champions League crowns was partially down to their talented, balanced midfield trio. Casemiro did the dirty work and patrolled the pitch intelligently, Toni Kroos recycled possession and probed from deep and interchanged with Croatian Luka Modric. With Modric ageing and Marcos Llorente having been sold to city rivals Atletico, Los Blancos lacks a genuine defensive midfielder who can fill Casemiro's boots when he's injured or suspended.
If Real Madrid builds on their early transfer dealings this summer, there's no doubt that they'll be a competitive force again in 2019/2020.
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