Be it Kiyan's great write-up on our early season woes, Om's fine piece trying to showcase that Ronaldo always is slow to warm up, or most poignantly, Tommy's helpful comparison of Real Madrid's slow season starts, we've spent even more ink discussing the highs and lows of Real Madrid's start to the season than we have in past years.
We know that, despite injuries and our usual less-than-dominant start to the season, Los Blancos are going to get in the groove sooner rather than later.
And I think that October just might be that month.
As schedules go, we've got a ripe opportunity to really get into a solid groove. Even though we are competing across three fronts, the density of games and quality of opponents isn't too terrible the rest of this month.
Let's take a quick look at what's on the docket:
Currently 12th place with a mixed bag of performances that would be sub-par were it not for the 4-0 drubbing of Villareal. They are playing a bit all over the place, but shouldn't be a threat.
Yes we're competing with them for top spot in UCL group H, and they took down Dortmund pretty handily, and yes, they're currently 3rd in the EPL and doing pretty well, but I just don't think we're going to have that much trouble with them.
I think we have the right combination of technique and imposition to not struggle. I don't think we'll crush them, but aside from Kane, who's going to have trouble with Case/Varane/Ramos, I think we'll be fine.
18th place with only 6 points from 7 games and the worst goal differential in the league. Plus we play them at home. I'm calling our first 5+ goal-fest this year.
Look to see the youngsters take center stage for this match up. I can't see letting any past and we'll likely see quite a few goals against their loose defense. They're playing well lately, but it's Segunda B…
In 16th place, also with only 6 points from 7 games. This one might be a little trickier than originally looks on paper. We play away, and they've only allowed in 5 more goals than they've scored so far this season, including a 2-2 draw vs Atletico Madrid.
I don't think we'll have to worry too much, and will likely use this game to rest a few starters in preparation for the second leg against Tottenham a few days later, depending on how the first one goes.
So all in all, a pretty decent looking schedule for the rest of this month. Here's to the squad getting dialed in and starting to assert themselves as dominant opponents on the pitch, and maybe even build a little confidence with a few big scorelines.