Real Madrid Femenino: Five Players To Watch Out For vs. Barcelona

Real Madrid, Sofia Jakobsson (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Sofia Jakobsson (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Real Madrid Femenino kick start their first-ever football season against a team that will be their rivals, or should I say, are already their rivals.

Who would have thought that the first-ever official game that Real Madrid Femenino would play would be played against Barcelona, a team that has been an eternal rival of Real Madrid? But here we are, and it’s going to be a terrific contest between two fantastic teams.

Every player will be keen to impress coach David Aznar by putting on a promising performance but there are a few players that we will have to watch out for since they can make a difference. Here are the five Real Madrid Femenino players that we must watch out for against Barcelona.

Misa Rodríguez (Goalkeeper)

The only goalkeeper acquisition, Misa Rodríguez is a very athletic young goalkeeper. Her tall frame (she stands at 5ft 8in) and her athleticism will help Real Madrid Femenino remain in the game against a team that scored nine goals when the two teams met last season (Real Madrid Femenino went by the name CD Tacon before the takeover in July 2020.).

Marta Corredera of Real Madrid Femenino
Marta Corredera Rueda of Real Madrid Femenino (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Marta Corredera (Left-Back/Left Wing-Back)

The Spanish international might be a defender, but she is a menacing prospect for any opposition to handle. She has got a real motor inside her that helps her maraud up and down the flank with relentless drive and determination.

What else can you ask from your full-back when she can be a tough customer in defence while contributing in attack as if she were an attacker. Well, she can play as a winger too, so it would be definitely interesting to see how she fares in such a high-pressure game against the Catalan rivals.

Her link-up with Chioma Ubogagu down the left flank will be fascinating to see brewing up as games pass by, and the Barcelona defence will have to be wary of the deadly crosses pinged by the legs of Marta Corredera.

Maite Oroz of Real Madrid Femenino
Maite Oroz (R) of Real Madrid Femenino (Photo credit should read FRED TANNEAU/AFP via Getty Images) /

Maite Oroz (Central Midfielder)

Here’s yet another signing that Madridistas should definitely watch out for. Maite Oroz is a genuine presence in the midfield, a livewire that would shred defences with her passing and dribbling abilities while putting her body on the line to stop a counter-attack in transition.

She is a player who will be key to Real Madrid Femenino putting on a fight against a team that seemingly looks a superior side, at least on paper. If she can help Las Blancas win the battle in midfield – which she definitely can, and should – then we could be up for a huge upset.

Her technical abilities give her an obvious advantage as she can be a very difficult player to stop, especially in 1v1 situations against defenders. She will definitely be a key player tomorrow, and I hope David Aznar names her in the starting XI, more so with Thaisa Moreno unavailable.

Kosovare Asllani of Real Madrid Femenino
Kosovare Asllani of Real Madrid Femenino (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images) /

Kosovare Asllani (Central Attacking Midfielder)

The Swedish superstar was one of the best players for CD Tacon last season and has been a consistent performer for the Sweden National Women’s Team as well. Her vision and positioning, coupled with her ability to find the spaces and unlock defences with her technical abilities, make her a threat to even the best of defences.

She was deployed as a No. 9 last season, which is not where she can perform at her best. However, if David Aznar goes with a 4-2-3-1 and gives Kosovare Asllani the license to roam and wreak havoc as a CAM can help the team go a long way in all competitions.

As for the game against Barcelona, she will definitely be a key player, probably the most important player in attack, since she is an all-round package.

Real Madrid, Sofia Jakobsson
Real Madrid, Sofia Jakobsson (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Sofia Jakobsson (Right Midfielder/Winger)

Arguably the standout performer from last season, Sofia Jakobsson will have to be at her best if Las Blancas are to make a name for themselves in women’s football. With 7 goals and 8 assists in 20 Primera Iberdrola appearances in 2019-20, she was clearly head and shoulders above the rest of her teammates in terms of goal contributions.

She is hard to defend because of her physical strength and the speed that she possesses. She is too quick and she can leave the defenders counting the blades of grass with her dribbling. I think she will be the X-factor against a tough Barcelona side.

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Tomorrow’s game is going to be a tough one for Real Madrid Femenino to crack, but they have assembled a very powerful squad with the right blend of youth and experience. I believe they can easily give Barcelona a run for their money.

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