The new generation for Madrid
Seeing that line-up gave a moment of hopeful excitement for Madridismo, pleased with the depth of the squad. The last few signings have shown the clear change in policy. No longer is there the need to buy the ‘Rolls Royce’ of world football, the most expensive star on the market, or the next creative playmaker. For a couple of seasons now they have been adding the necessary elements to the squad, with Zidane creating a team B, with traces of a team A of the near future. But it takes a special touch to ensure that everyone is on-board, without some feeling left out and discouraged. It’s not easy. Even with this, Morata and Mariano have dropped out. But it was remarkable looking at the new faces making up the team yesterday.
Cristiano still delivering for Madrid’s here and now
In total there were around nine significant alternatives, from Ceballos, already showing signs of being a national symbol, to the young keeper, Luca Zidane, who got over his nerves. They all did well, had fun and won the trophy against a serious Fiorentina who gave a strong showing and made it difficult. It was also an occasion to see Cristiano break his forced rest. He laid on the first goal, scored a wonderful second, and he fired a shot against the post. He is insatiable. He continues to be Real Madrid’s great guarantee, but behind him lies a promising generation. Madrid can relax as they go into the Champions League draw today. It’s no wonder they’re favourites with the bookmakers.