Real Madrid’s pre-season tour has raised more questions than provided answers. We have seen the 4-4-2 formation in action and Carlo Ancelotti’s side did win the first two games, 3-2 against AC Milan and 2-0 against Manchester United. Thus, things appeared to have been moving smoothly but the following two results have been disappointing, to say the least.
Los Blancos lost 3-0 to Barcelona in the ‘friendly’ El Clasico. And then Juventus handed them a 3-1 defeat as well.
There are a lot of things that are not working for Ancelotti’s side right now, but their biggest problem is quite clear. It is their inability to find the back of the net.
In the match against Barcelona, Real Madrid took 29 shots and 5 were on target. Against Juventus, they took 34 shots and 8 were on target. Overall, they have managed to score one goal from 63 shots over the past two games. That is simply not good enough.
Real Madrid have a major problem they need to solve
Many people would have seen these issues coming to be honest. Karim Benzema left at the end of last season and Real Madrid have not replaced him adequately yet.
Joselu has been brought in on a season-long loan from Espanyol. Now, the Spanish international is a pretty good striker and in good form. But he is not the man to lead the line for Real Madrid if they are to compete for all three major trophies next season.
On the other hand, neither Vinicius Junior nor Rodrygo seems to be at their best when played as a duo more centrally. They are capable of playing there but it ends up neutralising a lot of their strengths.
The easy solution to this would to be sign a world-class centre-forward and go back to playing a 4-3-3. Hopefully, the Mbappe rumours lead somewhere this summer.