Why Lucas Vazquez’s October Audition Might Have Given Legs to an Unlikely Real Madrid Career

Despite his impressive season on loan with Espanyol in 2014-15, Rafael Benitez’s steadfast decision to retrieve Lucas Vazquez raised plenty of eyebrows in the capital. It wasn’t that the 24-year-old wasn’t respected in his ability; seeing a ‘canterano’ (academy product) return home was exciting if anything. It was merely a question of: how would he[…]

Brilliant or Boring? Regardless of Madrid’s Style, Midfield Anchor Casemiro Deserves Praise

The style of play may not be to everyone’s taste, but Real Madrid deserve credit for their defensive record since Rafael Benitez took charge in the summer. Nolito’s fine strike in Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo on Saturday was only the third goal they have conceded in La Liga this term, the best record[…]

Gifted and versatile Kovacic proving his worth at Real Madrid

It was a signing that caught many people by surprise. With Gareth Bale, Isco and James Rodriguez all already vying for the No. 10 role in Rafael Benitez’s favoured 4-2-3-1 setup, the addition of another attacking midfielder did not seem like an urgent requirement for Real Madrid. Indeed, almost as soon as Croatian playmaker Mateo[…]