The summer in which Real Madrid hires Alaba, a hybrid of central and left back, to Camavinga, an interior who in his two years in Ligue 1 had scored just a couple of goals, and who is left without the bombastic signing of Mbappé, that same summer is the one that marks a before and after in the scoring records of the white team. For good. Soccer is that fickle.
During the nine years that Cristiano Ronaldo He wore the Real Madrid shirt, the numbers were devastating. Except in his last season, in which he stayed very close to triple digits -94 goals-, Madrid always scored more than 100 goals in the league. The 121 in the 2011-12 campaign, that of the 100 points with Mourinho as coach, is his historical record. The 118 of the 2014-15 academic year, with Ancelotti on the bench, his second best record.
These brilliant data in terms of offensive materialization resulted in the best era in the club’s history, winning four Champions in five years (2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018), along with that of Di Stéfano, but the departure of Cristiano to Turin, in the summer of 2018, just shortly after winning the thirteenth in Kiev against Liverpool (3-1), not only did he end a unique and, surely, unrepeatable stage, but also brought Real Madrid’s offensive arsenal to a halt. , with the consequent damage to the objectives set.
The three post-Cristiano seasons have given the coaches who have been on the bench quite a headache. Benitez, Solari and Zidane They no longer had in their squad that player who assured him at least forty goals per season. They are major words. With Ronaldo, Madrid had a total average, during the nine years of the Portuguese in the capital of Spain, of 2.80 goals per game. Without him, the crash was significant.
The 18-19 League was closed by Madrid with 63 goals (1.66 per game), 19-20 with 70 goals (1.84 per game), and 20-21 with 67 goals (1.76 per game) . And it was not for lack of money. In these three years, the club has spent 290 million in reinforcing the offensive plot between Vinicius, Mariano, Rodrygo, Jovic and Hazard, but the result has not been as expected. Among all of them, 42 so many. Low revenue, until this season.
Ancelotti and Vinicius
Soccer is a sport that tends to leave everyone who enjoys it naked, whether you know a lot, something or little, and once again it has done it again. The same Madrid from last year, and from two years ago, and from three years ago, that same Madrid now has goals falling out of his pocket. In the four days of the League he accumulates 13 goals, an average 3.25 goals per game, which projects him to a hypothetical 124 goals in the League to follow this rhythm. Why? There is no logical explanation except the growth of Vinicius against the rival goal, and Ancelotti’s key: “He has a gift for getting the best version of the players,” they explain from the club. They are right, but so was Zidane and even Solari in the scarce four months that he was on the bench at the Bernabéu. And with them, Madrid went out of tune in the final meters. Now, it is just the opposite. The intangibles of football that many times have no scientific explanation, but do have a basis on which to sustain themselves.
Benzema -five targets- continues in that permanent idyll with the goal that began in 2018, just with the departure of Cristiano. Behind him, a wasteland that Vinicius it has been proposed to water. And in abundance. Vinicius needed 120 shots to score seven league goals in his first three years in white. This League, with nine shots, already has four goals. Benzema finally has an ally. And Madrid, once again its scoring gene.