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#15 - Flyer : 15 September 2023

Friday Edition of The Daily Merengue

Real Madrid CF v Getafe CF - LaLiga EA Sports

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Real Madrid Training Session

Good news

No new injuries, Ceballos and Mendy return

Real Madrid Training Session

The game against Getafe saw Carlo use all 5 substitutions to chase the winner and see out the game. It looked like something out of the historic 2021/22 Champions league run. While the squad is stacked in midfield, Ceballos’ return will allow Carlo to play with more intensity knowing he has fresh legs and quality available especially when the schedule gets heavy.

Some Stats for the weekend

Nervous attack

To add some perspective, Rodrygo has scored 17 goals in 112 La Liga appearances. We are going to need an epic leap in conversion of chances from the youngster. I think he can do it if he manages to maintain a high shot volume. If you shoot, you’ll get goals, it’s only a matter of how many.

I am going to bet that Rodrygo will score more than 17 goals in La Liga this season.

Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad Head-to-head:

Last 6 matches:

Real Madrid have won 2, lost 1 and drawn 3. The loss was in May of last season at Anoeta.

Total of 6 goals scored and 4 goals conceded over the 6 matches.

The last encounter at the Bernabeu was a 0-0 draw.

Real Sociedad v Real Madrid CF - LaLiga Santander

We have to expect a tough encounter. To say nothing of Kubo’s red hot form and ex-players who enjoy scoring against Real Madrid.


It’s impossible not to love this kid. Such an infectious personality. He is everything a fan wants in a player. The personality and drive compliment his talents and so far he’s given us relief we wouldn’t have expected following the transfer window. Carlo has staked the season on him, partly due to circumstance but that might be a blessing in disguise. He looks like he’s in his 3rd season at the club. These super talented youngsters including Camavinga and Tchouameni, who have ambition and discipline can make it look so easy.


“I know that feeling. Thought it was bad shot but now it looks like it could a pretty good shot if it just..” - KFZ

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Food For Thought

One of the things that really troubled Getafe is that they had to play both halfs with the same intensity. Once that intensity, dropped Real Madrid squeezed them. This seems like it will be a key part of the strategy to make up for shortages in attack. It could also be useful against the La Liga teams who aim to frustrate. The fact that the matches are longer against time-wasting sides will also provide an added advantage.

Carlo’s side doesn’t have the best pressing scheme but they make up for it with enthusiasm and that can waste a lot of energy meaning fresh legs are needed for the second half.

Is it a sustainable strategy throughout the season? Will it hold up against high quality sides with reasonable depth?

Real Madrid CF v Getafe CF - LaLiga EA Sports

The Daily Poll

Poll 1


Best manager since 2010

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Carlo Ancelotti
    (58 votes)
  • 28%
    Pep Guardiola
    (153 votes)
  • 1%
    Jurgen Klopp
    (6 votes)
  • 58%
    Zinedine Zidane
    (313 votes)
  • 1%
    My favourite manager is not listed
    (7 votes)
537 votes total Vote Now

Poll 2


Roberto Di Zerbi as a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Overrated. I prefer Xabi Alonso
    (265 votes)
  • 30%
    Club is too big for him
    (144 votes)
  • 1%
    I don’t like the way his teams play
    (6 votes)
  • 7%
    Can we get him in before December?
    (33 votes)
  • 4%
    I’m GutisDisciple.. Find me in the comments
    (19 votes)
467 votes total Vote Now

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