Real Madrid 23/24 – Team Analysis

After a summer filled with Mbappe rumors, Karim Benzema’s departure and both the board and the manager saying that Real Madrid’s squad is complete, Los Blancos are left without depth in defense and attack, however with a Jude Bellingham who might just become the best in the world.



Jude BellinghamCentral Midfield20EnglandDortmund€103.0m
Arda GulerAttacking Midfielder18TurkeyFenerbahce€20.0m
Fran GarciaLeft Back23SpainRayo Vallecano€5.0m
Kepa ArrizabalagaGoalkeeper28SpainChelseaLoan fee 1m
JoseluStriker33SpainEspanyolLoan fee 500k
Brahim DiazAttacking Midfielder23SpainMilanEnd of loan

A few notable arrivals for Real Madrid, as they sign one of England’s most promising players, Jude Bellingham. A lot of Premier League clubs were after him, but at the end he chose Real Madrid. Arda Guler, a promising Turkish left footed attacking midfielder also chose Real Madrid. Fran Garca, Joselu and Brahim, 3 Spanish players also joined. Kepa came in on loan, due to Courtois’s injury.

Notable departures

Karim BenzemaCentre-Forward35FranceAl-IttihadFree transfer
Marco AsensioRight Winger27SpainPSGFree transfer
Mariano DiazCentre-Forward30Dominican RepSevilla FCFree transfer
Eden HazardLeft Winger32BelgiumFree transfer
Antonio BlancoDefensive Midfielder23SpainAlaves€4.0m
Alvaro OdriozolaRight-Back27SpainReal Sociedad€3.0m
Jesus VallejoCentre-Back26SpainGranada CFLoan
Rafa MarinCentre-Back21SpainAlavesLoan
ReinierAttacking Midfielder21BrazilFrosinoneLoan

Karim Benzema, Ballon d’or holder at the time of writing is the most notable departure. He joined Al-Ittihad in the Saudi Pro League on a free and a huge contract. Asensio to PSG and Mariano to Sevilla both left after their contracts expired, while Eden Hazard was released. It just didn’t work out for the Belgian. Blanco and Odriozola left for small amounts, while Vallejo, Rafa Marin and Reinier left on loan.


Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

1GKBELThibaut Courtois
2DFESPDani Carvajal
3DFBRAÉder Militão
4DFAUTDavid Alaba
5MFENGJude Bellingham
6DFESPNacho (captain)
7FWBRAVinícius Júnior
8MFGERToni Kroos
10MFCROLuka Modrić (vice-captain)
12MFFRAEduardo Camavinga
13GKUKRAndriy Lunin
14FWESPJoselu (on loan from Espanyol)
15MFURUFederico Valverde
17DFESPLucas Vázquez
18MFFRAAurélien Tchouaméni
19MFESPDani Ceballos
20DFESPFran García
21FWESPBrahim Díaz
22DFGERAntonio Rüdiger
23DFFRAFerland Mendy
24MFTURArda Güler
25GKESPKepa Arrizabalaga (on loan from Chelsea)

While Real Madrid has an amazing midfield depth with the likes of Bellingham(who is compared quite often to Zidane), Camavinga, Tchouameni, Valverde, Ceballos, experienced players like Kroos and Modric, plus young attacking midfielders like Arda Guler and Brahim Diaz, they clearly lack players in other departments.

While it can be said that they do have enough defenders and that Eder Militao’s injury was unlucky, the same cannot be said about the attack. Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo and Joselu Mato are the only true attackers in the squad, meaning Madrid’s attacking depth is non-existent. While Brahim and Arda Guler will most probably play some games in the attack, they are not true attackers, more like attacking mids.

Possible Starting 11

With both Courtois and Eder Militao out for an extended period of time, Carlo Ancelotti had to improvise quite a lot when it comes to building his team’s standard starting 11. Kepa is the #1 keeper, Rudiger is now Alaba’s pair at centre back. Carvajal starts RB, while Fran is the starting LB for now.

We have a diamond midfield with Tchouameni as starting CDM, Camavinga and Valverde at CM, who move wide often and Bellingham is starting at CM. Vini Jr and Rodrygo start in attack.

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