Real Madrid to test their No.9s during US tour
Everyone is calm in Real Madrid, there is complete trust and confidence in the current squad who will face their first season under the guidance of Julen Lopetegui after Zinedine Zidane’s departure, coinciding with Cristiano Ronaldo’s own exit.
That does not mean that they are not looking for potential signings at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Robert Lewandowski having been monitored, but the demands of Chelsea and Bayern Munich look set to make any move impossible.
The club are not prepared to delve into a market which has blown up in prices following the 222 million euro move for Neymar last summer.
“We have a great team,” he insists, pointing to having won four of the last five Champions League titles.
The Super Cup is decisive
Despite having lost their big star in Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid are not planning to look to the market unless there is an opportunity which is too good to turn down.
If the club are forced to buy, they will do so at reasonable prices as they believe in the players currently in the team.
The first tests of pre-season for Los Blancos include the likes of Manchester United, Juventus and Roma in the International Champions Cup.
Then comes D-Day in the meeting with Europe’s strongest defence as they face Atletico Madrid in a Madrid derby in the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn.
That tie will decide whether directors stick with their belief that the current options are good enough and can replace Ronaldo’s goals, or not.
For the US tour, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Co. will all be trusted with the role of No. 9.
It’s a tough test, but the Super Cup will make all the difference.