By Gabilo Gabilo

It was earlier learnt that, real Madrid have had a turbulent pre-season to say the least and that continued against Roma, with the Giallorossi reopening Los Blancos’ defensive wounds at ease in the first half of their clash at the Stadio Olimpico. The game went to penalties as the scores were level after 90 minutes, and it was Marcelo who missed the decisive spot kick to give Roma the Mabel Green Cup.

Zinedine Zidane decided to go with the three-man defence system that he deployed against Red Bull Salzburg, yet Madrid went into the half-time break having conceded two goals already, taking their total number of goals conceded this pre-season to 18 in seven matches. They allowed Roma to create a plethora of chances too; they were lucky to have not conceded four or five by the interval.

The worrying part for Madrid is that LaLiga Santander gets underway next weekend, yet they look as though they could do with another couple of weeks to get ready. Their play is not fast enough, they are too reliant on individual moments to score goals, and they are reminiscent of the side that ended the 2018/19 campaign with their tail between their legs. Perhaps they could take their game up a level when they face Celta Vigo at Balaidos next Saturday, but from this evidence and most of what we have seen throughout pre-season, that is highly unlikely.

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