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Retro visual analysis: Remember Cristiano?

A look at how Cristiano Ronaldo’s game changed over the years at Real Madrid while maintaining a very high level of performance.

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Moral victories will only doom the team further — there are many downfalls that need to be recognized urgently

Real Madrid have failed their league campaign, and to rescue Copa and UCL, Ancelotti has to learn from previous mistakes

El Clásico: A preview through visual analysis

The passing tendencies, defensive schemes, and impact of key players of the two eternal rivals.

Nacho extracted Salah’s soul over two legs

Also in here: notes on Camavinga and Fede

Why dealing with Real Madrid’s expiring contracts is not as easy as it seems

Renewing some of these players is a risk

Has Camavinga been one of Real Madrid’s best players? Is Vinicius Tobias ready?

On one of Real Madrid’s pillars, and an unlikely understudy to an ageing Carvajal

The redemption arc of Dani Ceballos

Looking at two aspects that signify Dani Ceballos's rise back to an essential role at Real Madrid.

Xavi will not change how he plays; Ancelotti has plenty of options to punish Barcelona

Real Madrid have the ammo they need to not only beat Barca, but to give them heavy psychological damage

It’s time to make Barcelona uncomfortable

Exploiting Barca; and a look at danger-man Vinicius and the ever-good Camavinga

Liverpool vs Real Madrid: A visual and analytical breakdown (Part 1)

Stats, vizzes, and details from an incredible win at Anfield

Even the biggest skeptics can’t deny Real Madrid’s mental fortitude

The performance against Liverpool felt like an extension of last season. But then again, this is just Real Madrid, a team that looks meditative when everything is going wrong.

The tension around Vinicius; Rodrygo’s left-wing role; and the give-and-take of Kroos

3 talking points from the last few games

Let’s talk about Vinicius Jr, the footballer

Here are four stats behind Vini’s excellent season so far.

Valverde’s goals and spiritual energy are back

Valverde carried Real Madrid’s right wing before the World Cup and covered so much ground in addition to scoring. After an understandable dip, his mojo is back.

Is the Club World Cup a good ‘break’ for Real Madrid? Plus: Arribas’s arrival, Obrador, and Vinicius

It’s extra games and extra trips, but maybe a break from La Liga is important for Ancelotti’s men.

Real Madrid have revved up their offense

In the last two games Real Madrid have kept a higher line and allowed fewer passes per defensive action. It’s worked, and on top of that, Camavinga is ballin’ at left-back

Why Fran Garcia is coming next summer and not immediately

Bayer Leverkusen forced Real Madrid to make a decision on Fran Garcia — but what does that really mean for his future?

Ceballos and Camavinga have sparked life into Real Madrid’s play

Two players who have been vital on both ends and have overwhelmed opponents

What are Real Madrid’s barriers to signing wing-backs?

Carvajal, 31, has broken down over time; Mendy, 27, is limited offensively. The club only has one pure back-up wing-back in the squad and he doesn’t play. What’s the plan?

Some concerning stats behind Real Madrid’s fullback situation

The fullback position is one of the most concerning areas of Real Madrid’s current roster. We discuss a few reasons why that’s the case.

Can Real Madrid bounce back from a crushing loss?

What Barcelona did to Real was just an extension of what other teams have been doing to them. What changes will the team make now?

Two key Clasico match-ups

Can Real Madrid play through the press? Can they get the better of Barcelona in transition?

Vinicius vs TAA is just around the corner

Some tactical notes on Vinicius Jr’s season and Liverpool’s defensive line

Real Madrid’s mid-season stat review

Key numbers, key players, and more as we gear up the return of club football

Luka Modrić: In a legendary league of his own

An ode to Luka Modric before his second successive FIFA World Cup semi-final.

Luka Modric is having a solid World Cup as Croatia advance to the round-of-16

Some notes on Modric’s showing so far

Courtois and Hazard are coming home early as Belgium’s nightmare campaign is over

After finishing third overall in 2018, Belgium only finish third in Group F this time.

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How Toni Kroos might be playing his best ever season of football

Kroos has added more defensive wrinkles to his game, and in addition to dominating his nominal on-ball stats, has helped as a ball-winner too

Three things Real Madrid must do during the World Cup

Real Madrid’s to-do list for the world cup

Two eye-catching things from the win over Celtic

Notes on Asensio’s performance and the state of Real Madrid’s defense

Vinicius Jr will be fine, but the press may not be

Words, stats, and film on a scrutinized star and an unpromising press

Antonio Rudiger’s defending and ability on the ball has been on full display

How the German center-back has already proven his worth despite not cracking Ancelotti’s Once de Gala yet

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