The Real Betis Match Revealed A Lot About Real Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 12: Head coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 12, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 12: Head coach Zinedine Zidane of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompie at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 12, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images) /
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The Galacticos Rediscovered

Balance is by all means a brilliant improvement to this Real Madrid side. Yet, a closer look at striker Alvaro Morata last match reveals what could be a huge room for improvement. Possibly the X-factor that Real Madrid needs, not just to win trophies, but maybe, just maybe, dominate Europe.

Morata's heat map vs Real Betis

Morata has been all over the wings as part of the front four free movement in search of space. So what? Does it really matter? He only ran with the ball and couldn’t release it on the wing because he’s not so good at crossing. That’s true.. but what about Gareth Bale?

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  • He’s agile, crosses well, shoots accurately and powerfully from distance, and above all he is insanely fast. What could possibly happen if such player was given license to roam and find space?

    Bale will probably wreak havoc upon the opposition if he was allowed that privilege. In fact he is the other main key to allowing a smooth shift between a  4-4-2 and a 4-3-3 besides Isco. Let’s not forget that Bale’s stardom at White Hart Lane reached its peak when he played in the center. Also his qualities benefited Wales the most when he played in the center.

    Lastly, what makes such idea so attractive is that Cristiano didn’t seem annoyed by playing in the center as long as there is somebody else playing beside him in the center. Which is a plus considering there were rumors that Ronaldo didn’t want to play as a striker when Benitez tried him there.