Real Madrid to begin title defence with no new signings / Martin Odegaard is ready

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Real Madrid will begin their campaign to win back-to-back La Liga titles for the first time in over a decade.

Zinedine Zidane’s side is almost identical to the won which won the league just a couple months prior. The club is so far yet to make any signings ahead of their opening fixture away to Real Sociedad.

The squad has some returning faces – the most notable being Martin Odegaard. The Norwegian international spent last season at Los Blancos’ opening round opponents.

Whilst at Anoeta, Odegaard proved that he is now ready to play La Liga football at the highest level.

Martin Odegaard during the match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad, corresponding to the week 27 of the Liga Santander, played at the Camp Nou Stadium, on 07th March 2020, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Joan Valls/Urbanandsport /NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ahead of the game Zidane said, “I know that I have the best players here, that’s always been the case, right throughout the club’s history.”

“The important thing for the players is that they’re ready and I think that Martin is, just like the rest of them. He’s a quality player and can bring something to the team. Only the best players play for Madrid”.

120%

Eden Hazard had a rough start to his marquee move to the Bernabeu. A season plagued by injury, the Belgian internation managed just 16 La Liga appearances scoring a single goal.

Looked upon as the figure to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, Hazard has not been able to recapture the form of his time with Chelsea.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 22: Eden Hazard of Real Madrid reacts during the Liga match between Levante UD and Real Madrid CF at Ciutat de Valencia on February 22, 2020 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Morano/MB Media/Getty Images)

Zidane laid out the expectations he has for Hazard. “The important thing is that he’s at 100%.” The Frenchman remarked.

“We’re now starting a new season and what he needs is to be at 100% or 120%, that’s all there is to it. We’re going to prepare to ensure that the players are prepared to be at 100%”.

Now 28-years-old, Hazard is entering the prime years of a player’s short career. This and the price tag will only increase the pressure.

A youthful future

Whilst Barcelona’s La Masia academy and introduction of quality young talent into the team may be faltering, Los Blancos’ is anything but.

Real Madrid have a roster of young exciting talent burgeoning into seniority within their ranks. The aforementioned Odegaard returns to a squad which features several players under 24 years-of-age who are considered Real quality.

Brazilian wingers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo are an exciting young pair. The latter has received a recent call up to the national side.

BARCELONA, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 06: Vinicius Jr of Real Madrid gestures during the Copa del Rey Semi Final match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Nou Camp on February 06, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

The Uruguayan midfielder Fedrico Valverde and Brazilian defender Eder Militao are all considered huge first team assets. Marco Asensio is aiming to return for his first full season since an ACL injury at the start of the 2019/20 capaign.

President Florentino Perez and Zidane are sculpting a squad which can dominate the Spanish division for seasons to come. With Barcelona in turmoil, it could be an easier task than many expected.

See also: Eden Hazard’s Real Madrid nightmare continues: Belgian to miss La Liga opener

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