Real Madrid v Las Palmas matches always bring to the minds of Madridistas some calamitous last-game-of-season failures (when Titles were at stake) in the 90s…With the season now well up and running Real Madrid’s Rafa Benitez will realise his side’s fortunes will depend on his ability to get Madrid’s midfield balance right. As David Moyes’ Real Sociedad proved last season, Madrid’s apparently powerful, and admittedly star-studded midfield was lacking in strength and consistency, albeit full of guile.
The paradox of last season was how could a middle line blessed with the likes of Kroos, Modric, James Rodriguez, Jesse and Isco give their manager so many headaches by appearing fragile at key moments (never more so that in the telling defeats to Barcelona, Atletico and Valencia, their most serious rivals).
Madrid’s midfield last season lacked a real lion-heart, a true gutsy anchor. If Benitez opts for a 4-2-3-1 formation, players like Kroos would operate as part of a holding pair. The Madrid midfield may also benefit from the defensive talents of Casemiro: a tough, ball-hungry fighter who can wrestle with the opposition and set up the ball for those who play further up nearer goal.
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Real Madrid v Las Palmas 31st Ooctober 2015Date: 31/10/2015 Time: 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm Location: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
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Las Palmas boss Paco Herrera knows his team will have his work cut out. Herrera left Zaragoza in 2014 to take over at the Canary Islands team and guided them successfully back to the First Division in his first season in charge. His remit, of course is to remain there at the end of the season. Las Palmas historically have had a few memorable results against Madrid, but usually in home matches in their island fiefdom. Herrera can choose gifted players however, such as attacking right winger Jonathan Viera, Pedro Bigas at the back on the left, and powerful Brazilian striker Willian José up front.