Real Madrid: European goals are needed for Real Madrid
Real Madrid Have to improve on last year
Real Madrid‘s Champions League successes have never stood out for defensively strong performances, in fact quite the contrary. In their last two successful European campaigns they conceded 16 goals (2017/18) and 18 (2016/17) in the 13 games that brought them to the trophy.
They’ve always conceded more than a goal a game, but their own firepower has been enough to see them through.
However, last season everything was diluted without Cristiano Ronaldo. Madrid conceded at a similar rate to previous seasons, but the goals didn’t quite come in the same way at the other end.
Karim Benzema got four – his worst tally in recent years – while Gareth Bale got his usual average with three, Marco Asensio hit two and the rest of the squad got a maximum of one.
In fact, the entire squad scored just 15 goals in last season’s Champions League, as many as Cristiano alone in his final campaign in Madrid.
Benzema and Bale are responsible for carrying the weight, but this season they have Eden Hazard to join them. The Belgian, though, has just six goals in eight Champions League campaigns (44 games), and three of those were penalties.
Luka Jovic is also in place for his tournament debut. He has 10 Europa League goals, but there’s a question mark hanging over whether or not he can make the step up.
James Rodriguez is another novelty, and he tends to score or assist when playing for Madrid in Europe.