While Valencia fans were shocked by the cold wave of disappointment that hit them the last season, Storm Filomena brought the heaviest snowfall to Spain in decades and left an even bigger mark on Real Madrid fans. The players were stuck on the runway for four hours while snow was being scraped off of El Sadar field before playing a goalless draw against Osasuna — bringing them to second place behind Atlético Madrid. It was the first time since the 2009-10 season that Real Madrid did not win a single trophy.
Although perhaps not such a blow like Messi leaving Barcelona, Real Madrid now losing their captain and superstar Sergio Ramos to PSG as well, might carry the chill over into this upcoming season. Perhaps a one for one, as Real Madrid has its eyes on the young PSG forward Kylian Mbappe, who helped bring France to win the World Cup in 2018.
Their defense will rely heavily on Éder Militão, David Alaba and Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois who was recently ranked as the world’s second best goalkeeper. We are also keeping an eye on Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio and Vinícius Júnior on the attack, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in midfield. But the future for the notorious Real Madrid, although always relatively bright, remains uncertain after their acquisition of Eden Hazard from Chelsea in 2019 which has not enjoyed the bounties they had hoped. His injuries and poor performance the past season certainly did not help warm fans up either, and Chelsea has openly admitted to trying to snatch their prodige back. With trainer Zinedine Zidane being replaced by Carlo Ancelotti as well, all eyes are on Real Madrid and their ability to bounce back to dominating the league.