Real Madrid Femenino: 5 things we have learned from the 2020-21 season thus far

Real Madrid Femenino, Kosovare Asllani (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
Real Madrid Femenino, Kosovare Asllani (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /
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Real Madrid Femenino, Marta Cardona
Real Madrid Femenino, Marta Cardona (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Wings of fire

Real Madrid’s wide players have scored 12 goals so far with Sofia Jakobsson and Marta Cardona with four, Olga Carmona with three, and Chioma Ubogagu, despite having played just 194 mins so far has two direct goal contributions (one goal and one assist).

Cardona’s rise in the last couple of years has been amazing to watch. She has gone from strength to strength and improved in every aspect you’d want her to with each passing game. She hasn’t skipped a beat at Real Madrid – and in fact has been one of the most consistent and reliable players for the team. A right winger primarily, Cardona can function on either side. She relies on her pace to get past defenders and likes to deliver a ball from wide or come inside to shoot with her right foot. She has an incredible shot on her, making her capable of providing the breakthrough at any time & from anywhere. She has been one of the signings of the season.

Olga has slot in at LB and LW and has succeeded in doing that with elan. Olga’s directness in possession, her pace, and her ability to pick out deadly balls from out wide make her Real Madrid’s secret weapon. She has got good close control of the ball, which coupled with her acceleration helps her earn fouls for the team.

When playing as a left back, despite her lanky frame, Olga is quite capable in holding her own in ground duels. She reads the game well and then uses her speed to quickly recover and get back in good positions. Although as she isn’t a natural LB, there are moments where she loses sight of the opponent but that’s nothing a 20-year-old can’t improve on with time.

Chioma has so far only started two games this season and despite playing so little, it’s clear to see that she is a quality player. Her quality to pick out runners in behind or to get in space to get the shot off is brilliant. She doesn’t shy away from doing her defensive duties either. In Chioma, Real Madrid have a game-changer at their hands when used correctly.

Every player out wide at Real Madrid brings something unique to the mix, they add their own flavour to the side allowing them to change the way they attack, going forward this will be decisive in where we finish on the table.